CASES Adaptation Library
The CASES Adaptation Library provides links to papers, reports, fact sheets, websites, and other general sources of information on adapting to climate change. The library includes:
- General information on adapting to climate change,
- Adaptation guidance documents,
- Comparative assessments of adaptation efforts,
- Information on communicating climate change,
- Adaptation in the private sector, and
- Web resources.
Updates to the library will be made on a continuing basis. Questions, suggestions for additional library items, or notices of broken links can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. General Information on Adapting to Climate Change
- Climate Change 101: Adaptation (2009). Briefing paper prepared by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change as part of a series called Climate Change 101: Understanding and Responding to Global Climate Change.
- Adaptation to Climate Change: Key Terms (2006). Paper published by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development examining the key adaptation terms and concepts used by the climate change community and other institutions.
2. Adaptation Guidance Documents (listed in descending order by publication year)
- Scanning the Conservation Horizon: A Guide to Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment (2011). Published by the National Wildlife Federation.
- Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers (2010). Published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
- Canadian Communities’ Guidebook for Adaptation to Climate Change (2008). Published by Environment Canada and University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
- Climate Change Adaptation by Design: A Guide for Sustainable Communities (2007). Considers how adaptation options are influenced by geographical location and the scale of development, and includes adaptation case studies from around the world.
- Preparing for Climate Change: A Guidebook for Local, Regional, and State Governments (2007). Designed to help local, regional, and state governments prepare for climate change by recommending a detailed, easy-to-understand process for climate change preparedness based on familiar resources and tools.
- Adapting to Climate Change: An Introduction for Canadian Municipalities (2006). A guidebook developed by the Canadian Climate Impacts and Adaptation Research Network.
- Adapting to Climate Change: A Risk-based Guide for Ontario Municipalities (2006). Developed with the support of the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Natural Resources Canada, and the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction.
- Identifying Adaptation Options (2006). Provides guidance on the identification and selection of adaptation options that can be used to respond to climate risks.
- Climate Adaptation: Risk, Uncertainty and Decision-Making (2003). Recommends a structured framework and associated guidance to improve the decision-maker’s capacity to handle risks associated with climate and a changing climate.
3. Comparative Assessments of Adaptation Efforts
- Adaptation Planning – What U.S. States and Localities are Doing (2009). Paper by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change focusing on adaptation plans and actions in progress by state and local governments.
- Ask the Climate Question: Adapting to Climate Change Impacts in Urban Regions (2009). A report by the Center for Clean Air Policy highlighting adaptation efforts in its partner network, which includes: Chicago, King County (Washington), Los Angeles, Miami-Dade County (Florida), Milwaukee, Nassau County (New York), New York City, Phoenix, San Francisco and Toronto (Canada).
- Local Strategies for Addressing Climate Change (2009). A compilation of articles from NOAA's Coastal Services magazine profiling adaptation efforts in various coastal communities around the country.
- Climate Change Adaptation: Strategic Federal Planning Could Help Government Officials Make More Informed Decisions (2009). A report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office examining (1) what actions federal, state, local, and international authorities are taking to adapt to a changing climate; (2) the challenges that federal, state, and local officials face in their efforts to adapt; and (3) actions that Congress and federal agencies could take to help address these challenges.
- Cities Preparing For Climate Change: Six Urban Regions (2007). A report by the Clean Air Partnership providing lessons learned from the experience of six early adapters: London, New York, Boston, Halifax, Vancouver and Seattle. The report also outlines a systematic process for municipalities to adapt to a changing climate and provides many examples of municipal adaptation policies and specific adaptation measures and actions from the cities studied.
- A Survey of Climate Change Adaptation Planning (2007). A report by the H. John Heinz III Center for Science exploring adaptation planning resources available both in the United States and internationally.
4. Communicating Climate Change
- The Psychology of Climate Change Communication: A Guide for Scientists, Journalists, Educators, Political Aides, and the Interested Public (2009). Designed to help communicators more effectively reach two key audiences, the general public and decision makers from government and business.
- Risk Behavior and Risk Communication: Synthesis and Expert Interviews Final Report for the NOAA Coastal Services Center (2009). Provides a synthesis of existing social science research on risk behavior and risk communication. Also includes interviews with risk analysis and communication experts for hands-on examples of effective ways to promote behavior that reduces the risk to lives and property.
5. Adaptation in the Private Sector
- Adaptation: An Issue Brief for Business (2008). Briefing paper published by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development describing the potential impacts of climate changes, risks and opportunities for business, and why business should consider adaptation planning and measures.
- Adapting to Climate Change: a Business Approach (2008). Paper by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change outlining a business approach to analyzing and adapting to the physical risks of climate change. Includes a qualitative screening process to assess whether a business is likely to be vulnerable to the physical risks associated with climate change, and whether a more detailed risk assessment is warranted.
- Your Home in a Changing Climate: Retrofitting Existing Homes for Climate Change Impacts (2008). A report produced by Three Regions Climate Change Group (UK) focusing on adaptation of existing residential building stock for a future climate. The study covers dwellings from private individuals to housing associations, with an emphasis on water conservation, drainage, flood risk and ventilation.
6. Additional Web Resources