Adaptation Strategies

Explore Adaptation Strategies by Area of Interest

Climate changes can make it more difficult for communities to maintain air quality standards that protect human health and the environment. The adaptation strategies linked below offer possible ways to address anticipated climate risks to outdoor and indoor air quality.

Climate change is causing more flooding and extreme weather events that can damage or disrupt critical infrastructure. The Environmental Resilience Institute is developing a list of strategies to help plan for anticipated changes to critical infrastructure.

  • Buildings and Housing
  • Communications
  • Energy Generation, Procurement, and Transmission 
  • Transportation Systems
  • Waste and Wastewater

Climate changes can make it more difficult to protect ecosystems, comprised of millions of interconnected organisms on Earth. The adaptation strategies linked below offer possible ways to address anticipated climate risks to the ecosystem.

Climate change is exacerbated by the burning of fossil fuels to produce energy, increasing global temperatures. The adaptation strategies linked below offer possible ways to address anticipated climate risks to energy consumption and production.

Climate change poses the greatest threat to populations that are already vulnerable to systemic issues such as poverty and racism. The Environmental Resilience Institute is developing a list of ways to include equity and justice in climate change planning.

  • Climate and Environment
  • Energy 
  • Food 
  • Housing

Climate change can make it more difficult for farming communities to succeed economically and the threat to food security may cause food shortages. The adaptation strategies linked below offer possible ways to address anticipated climate risks to address anticipated changes to agriculture.

Climate change can make it more difficult for city planners and policymakers to support their communities’ economy and infrastructure. The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit provides useful adaptation planning strategies for communities. The site includes resources (e..g, data, tools, case studies) to help communities put their plans into action. The adaptation strategies linked below offer possible ways to address anticipated climate risks through policies and planning.

Climate change can make it more difficult for communities to maintain public health. The pages below offer possible ways to address public health issues related to climate changes:

Climate change can make it more difficult to properly manage hazardous and non-hazardous wastes. The links below offer possible ways to address the following anticipated climate risks to solid waste management. 

Climate change can make it more difficult for communities to maintain transportation infrastructure. The adaptation strategies linked below offer possible ways to help cities and towns plan for anticipated changes to transportation.

Climate change can make it more difficult for communities to provide drinking water and wastewater services, protect water quality and maintain healthy aquatic environments. The links below offer possible adaptation strategies that address the following anticipated climate risks to water management:

Adaptation Strategies by Region

The regional fact sheets by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provide examples of how communities are adapting to climate change. The following regions are represented: 

  • Alaska
  • Great Plains 
  • Hawai'i and U.S. Pacific Islands
  • Midwest
  • Northeast 
  • Northwest
  • Southeast
  • Southwest