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Current research at the Climate Impacts Group (CIG) on the societal dimensions of climate impacts and adaptation in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) includes:
- Successful Adaptation: Identifying Effective Process and Outcome Characteristics and Practice-Relevant Metrics (2012-2014). This project asks the question "What is successful adaptation in the context of coastal adaptation planning?" and seeks to identify a set of guiding principles and practical metrics for assessing succssful adaptation.
- Sound Transit Climate Risk Reduction Project (2012-2013). The Sound Transit Climate Risk Reduction Project will assess the vulnerability of Sound Transit assets and services to climate change while creating a process and a model for transit agencies across the United States. The project will advance the state of the practice in preparing transit agencies for climate change through design and implementation of an innovative multi-stakeholder, multi-modal, and multi-departmental risk assessment and adaption planning process.
- City of Seattle Climate Adaptation Strategy Development (2012). The CIG is assisting the City of Seattle's efforts to develop a comprehensive Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for increasing the city's resiliency to climate change impacts. CIG's work is focused on helping the City develop planning goals, guiding principles, and frameworks that will help guide current and future planning activities and build internal capacity for adaptation planning.