Adapting to a changing climate
Climate change is already occurring in Minnesota and is affecting our state’s environmental, economic, and social systems.
Adaptation is a complement to mitigation.
- Climate adaptation is developing and implementing strategies, initiatives and measures to help human and natural systems cope with climate change impacts.
- Climate change mitigation emphasizes reducing greenhouse gas emissions with the goal of limiting the magnitude or progression of climate change.While it is important to continue to mitigate climate change by reducing emissions to avoid calamitous change, we also need to adapt to changes that are already occurring.
Climate change will affect ecosystems, infrastructure, and sectors of our economy. The impacts on these systems will depend on their sensitivity to climate change and their ability to adapt. The goal of adaptation is to increase natural and societal resilience to climate change.
For adaptation strategies, refer to these resources:
- Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange | www.cakex.org
- U.S. Global Change Research Program National Climate Assessment (2013) | http://ncadac.globalchange.gov
- U.S. EPA | Adaptation to Climate Change
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Fourth Assessment Report (2007) | Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability
- Georgetown Climate Center adaptation website | http://www.georgetownclimate.org/adaptation/overview
- Center for Climate and Energy Solutions adaptation website | http://www.c2es.org/science-impacts/adaptation
- Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts | http://www.wicci.wisc.edu
- “Ready or Not: An Evaluation of State Climate and Water Preparedness Planning”, Natural Resources Defense Council, 2012 | http://www.nrdc.org/water/readiness/files/Water-Readiness-full-report.pdf