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Reforming Institutions and Managing Extremes:
U.S. Policy Approaches for Adapting to a Changing Climate

Climate change will impact cities and landscapes in different ways across the United States, and these impacts will go beyond state and local boundaries.  What is the federal government’s role in navigating a changing climate? To date, little research has addressed the important issues that must inform the federal government’s approach to adapting to a changing climate.

RFF experts synthesized scientific understanding of the effects of a changing climate on terrestrial ecosystems, marine ecosystems, freshwater resources, agriculture, human health, and infrastructure and examined the strategies that might be employed to cope with and reduce these impacts.

We developed a series of six reports and 16 issue briefs (listed below) that address specific topics for policy decisions. Our summary report contains the study’s key findings, as well as a general overview of the challenges, processes, and issues.

Reforming Institutions and Managing Extremes: Publications

Press Release

Summary Report (PDF)

Phase 1 Reports: Understanding the Impacts

Adapting to Climate Change: The Public Policy Response—Public Infrastructure
James E. Neumann and Jason C. Price
RFF Report | June 2009

Agriculture and the Food System: Adaptation to Climate Change
John M. Antle
RFF Report | June 2009

An Adaptation Portfolio for the United States Coastal and Marine Environment
David Kling and James N. Sanchirico
RFF Report | June 2009

Emerging Climate Change Impacts on Freshwater Resources: A Perspective on Transformed Watersheds
Alan P. Covich
RFF Report | June 2009

Terrestrial Ecosystem Adaptation
Steven W. Running and L. Scott Mills
RFF Report | June 2009

Adapting to Climate Change: Public Health
Jonathan M. Samet
RFF Report | June 2009

Phase 2 Issue Briefs: Reforming Institutions and Managing Extremes

Promoting Innovative Climate Adaptation through Federalism
Winston Harrington
Issue Brief 10-17 | August 2010

Ecosystem Services and Climate Adaptation
James W. Boyd
Issue Brief 10-16 | July 2010

Pre-Positioned Policy as Public Adaptation to Climate Change
V. Kerry Smith
Issue Brief 10-07 | June 2010

Climate Adaptation and Watershed Transboundary Governance Institutions
Marc K. Landy
Issue Brief 10-08 | June 2010

Adaptations to Sustain High-Quality Freshwater Supplies in Response to Climate Change
Alan P. Covich
Issue Brief 10-05 | June 2010

Climate Adaptation Policy: The Role and Value of Information
Molly K. Macauley
Issue Brief 10-10 | May 2010

Adapting to Extreme Events: Managing Fat Tails
Carolyn Kousky, Roger M. Cooke
Issue Brief 10-12 | May 2010

Climate Dependencies and Risk Management: Microcorrelations and Tail Dependence
Roger M. Cooke, Carolyn Kousky
Issue Brief 10-13 | May 2010

Public Health: Adapting to Climate Change
Jonathan M. Samet
Issue Brief 10-06 | March 2010

Adaptation of Agriculture and the Food System to Climate Change: Policy Issues
John M. Antle
Issue Brief 10-03 | February 2010

Climate Adaptation and Federal Megadisaster Policy: Lessons from Katrina
Marc K. Landy
Issue Brief 10-02 | February 2010

Adaptation to Climate Change in Public Lands Management
Joel B. Smith, William R. Travis
Issue Brief 10-04 | February 2010

Encouraging Adaptation to Climate Change: Long Term Flood Insurance
Howard Kunreuther, Erwann Michel-Kerjan
Issue Brief 09-13 | December 2009

Adaptation to Climate Change: Revisiting Infrastructure Norms
James E. Neumann
Issue Brief 09-15 | December 2009

Better Defined Rights and Responsibilities in Marine Adaptation Policy
James N. Sanchirico
Issue Brief 09-12 | December 2009

A Legal Framework for Climate Adaptation Assessment
Daniel A. Farber
Issue Brief 09-14 | December 2009