Research

Human Dimensions: Current Research

Preparing for Climate Change in Washington State

Personnel

Summary

Climate change is expected to bring potentially significant changes to Washington State's natural, institutional, cultural, and economic landscape. Addressing climate change impacts will require a sustained commitment to integrating climate information into the day-to-day governance and management of infrastructure, programs, and services that may be affected by climate change. This research examines:

  1. fundamental concepts for planning for climate change,
  2. options for adapting to the climate impacts evaluated in The Washington Climate Change Impacts Assessment, and
  3. potential avenues for increasing flexibility in the policies and regulations used to govern human and natural systems in Washington.

Collaborators

University of Washington Berman Law Clinic, Washington State University, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Primary Funding

Washington State Legislature (House Bill 1303)

Related Publications

For publications related to PNW climate impacts and integrated assessment, please see CIG Publications.

Whitely Binder, L.C., J. Krencicki Barcelos, D.B. Booth, M. Darzen, M.M. Elsner, R.A. Fenske, T.F. Graham, A.F. Hamlet, J. Hodges-Howell, J.E. Jackson, C. Karr, P.W. Keys, J.S. Littell, N.J. Mantua, J. Marlow, D. McKenzie, M. Robinson-Dorn, E.A. Rosenberg, C. Stöckle, and J.A. Vano. (In press). Preparing for climate change in Washington State. To appear in Climatic Change.

Whitely Binder, L.C., J. Krencicki Barcelos, D.B. Booth, M. Darzen, M. McGuire Elsner, R.A. Fenske, T.F. Graham, A.F. Hamlet, J. Hodges-Howell, D.D. Huppert, E.A. Rosenberg, C. Stöckle, and J. Vano. 2009. Preparing for climate change in Washington State. Chapter 11 in The Washington Climate Change Impacts Assessment: Evaluating Washington's Future in a Changing Climate, Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.