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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Federal Support for Local Adaptation

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has weighed on the role of the federal government in supporting adaptation. Future Federal Adaptation Efforts Could Better Support Local Infrastructure Decision Makers infrastructure such as roads and bridges, wastewater systems, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) centers are vulnerable to changes in the climate. Furthermore, while the GAO acknowledges federal efforts under way to facilitate more informed adaptation decisions, it notes that these efforts could better support the needs of local infrastructure decision makers in the future. Specifically, the GAO argues that current planning efforts are focused on near-term rather than long-term outcomes, challenges persist for local decision-makers in accessing climate information, and available information is difficult to integrate within existing planning frameworks. The report draws on the experience of a select set of stakeholders to identify factors that ease the adaptation process.

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