Preparing for Climate Change in Washington State
Climatic Change, 2010
26 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2011
Date Written: April 27, 2010
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 paper discusses fundamental concepts for planning for climate change and identifies options for adapting to the climate impacts evaluated in the Washington Climate Change Impacts Assessment. Additionally, the paper highlights potential avenues for increasing flexibility in the policies and regulations used to govern human and natural systems in Washington.
Keywords: Washington State, Climate Change, Global Warming, Adaptation, Uncertainty, Policy, Human Capital, Ecosystem Services, Water, Law, Environment, Policy Change, State Level Climate Action
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