Advancing Statewide Climate Change Adaption Strategies

This report compares and draws lessons from the first set of comprehensive climate change adaptation efforts conducted by Alaska, California, Florida, Maryland, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Virginia. I systematically compare the climate change adaptation documents, evaluating the breadth of contents within each plan such as the climate change impacts included, the resource-based sectors addressed, and the specific plan elements. In addition to what the documents include, I identify the specific course of action chosen by states to pursue future adaptation. Although many adaptation efforts are in the initial stages of development, they reveal a rich diversity of institutional structures, governmental coordination, and prioritization of actions.

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