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Preparing for a Changing Climate: Washington State's Integrated Climate Response Strategy (Full Report)

 
Publication number Date Published
12-01-004April 2012
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Author(s) Adelsman, Hedia and Ekrem, Joanna
Description This document, Preparing for a Changing Climate: Washington State’s
Integrated Climate Change Response Strategy offers recommendations on how existing state policies and programs can
better prepare Washington State to respond to the impacts of climate change.
It urges state agencies to make adaptation a standard part of agency planning
and to make scientific information about climate change impacts accessible to
public and private-sector decision makers. It also recommends that state agencies
strengthen existing efforts to help local and tribal governments, private and public
organizations, and individuals reduce their vulnerability to climate change. The
response strategy underscores the need to build strong partnerships to support
state, local, and tribal adaptation; coordinate activities across sectors; and engage
stakeholders and the public.

Ecology prepared this response strategy in collaboration with the state departments
of Agriculture, Commerce, Fish and Wildlife, Health, Natural Resources, and Transportation. A broad
range of stakeholders with policy, management, and scientific expertise participated in four advisory
groups and developed a set of recommendations for near- and long-term actions to prepare Washington
for a changing climate. (See Appendix A for advisory group members and Appendix B for advisory group
recommendations.) This response strategy builds on, summarizes, and integrates the recommendations
of the four advisory groups. It also draws on the best available science on the impacts of climate change
on Washington from the Washington Climate Change Impacts Assessment and other key sources, as
well as Washington’s initial adaptation plan developed in 2008 under Executive Order 07-02.
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Keywords climate change
WEB PAGE Washington State Integrated Climate Change Response Strategy
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Preparing for a Changing Climate: Washington State's Integrated Climate Response Strategy - Cover page, Contact Information, Table of Contents, and Acknowledgements

Preparing for a Changing Climate: Washington State's Integrated Climate Response Strategy - Executive Summary

Preparing for a Changing Climate: Washington State's Integrated Climate Response Strategy - Chapter 1. Introduction

Preparing for a Changing Climate: Washington State's Integrated Climate Response Strategy - Chapter 2. Responding to Climate Change

Preparing for a Changing Climate: Washington State's Integrated Climate Response Strategy - Chapter 3. Observed Trends and Future Projections

Preparing for a Changing Climate: Washington State's Integrated Climate Response Strategy - Chapter 4. Human Health

Preparing for a Changing Climate: Washington State's Integrated Climate Response Strategy - Chapter 5. Ecosystems, Species, and Habitats

Preparing for a Changing Climate: Washington State's Integrated Climate Response Strategy - Chapter 6. Ocean and Coastlines

Preparing for a Changing Climate: Washington State's Integrated Climate Response Strategy - Chapter 7. Water Resources

Preparing for a Changing Climate: Washington State's Integrated Climate Response Strategy - Chapter 8. Agriculture

Preparing for a Changing Climate: Washington State's Integrated Climate Response Strategy - Chapter 9. Forests

Preparing for a Changing Climate: Washington State's Integrated Climate Response Strategy - Chapter 10. Infrastructure and the Built Environment

Preparing for a Changing Climate: Washington State's Integrated Climate Response Strategy - Chapter 11. Research and Monitoring