This video produced by the National Academies of Sciences urges consideration of a variety of potential climate futures and associated impacts for which we must prepare, some well outside the realm of current experience. The report calls for a national adaptation strategy to support and coordinate a decentralized network of adaptation efforts.
In conjunction with the releases of the four America's Climate Choices panel reports and the final summary report, the Division on Earth and Life Studies and the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate created five videos, one on the initial study process and one on each panel report. All five feature members of the committees that authored the reports discussing their findings and the research process that led to them.
ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION AND TEACHING MATERIALS
Watch >> Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change
TEACHING NOTES / CONTEXT FOR USE
This video can be used as background material to support the teaching of climate adaptation.
Assessment is at the descretion of the educator and how this video is applied and what the expectations are after viewing it.
REFERENCES AND RESOURCES
View>> Report: Academies' Findings
Much of the nation's experience to date in managing and protecting its people, resources, and infrastructure is based on the historic record of climate variability during a period of relatively stable climate. This report from the America's Climate Choices suite of studies concludes that adaptation to climate change calls for a new paradigm -- one that considers a range of possible future climate conditions and associated impacts, some well outside the realm of past experience. Adaptation is a process that requires actions from many decision-makers in federal, state, tribal, and local governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and community groups. However, current adaptation efforts are hampered by a lack of solid information about the benefits, costs, and effectiveness of various adaptation options, by uncertainty about future climate impacts at a scale necessary for decision-making, and by a lack of coordination.
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The report calls for a national adaptation strategy to support and coordinate decentralized efforts. As part of this strategy, the federal government should provide technical and scientific resources that are currently lacking at the local or regional scale, incentives for local and state authorities to begin adaptation planning, guidance across jurisdictions, shared lessons learned, and support of scientific research to expand knowledge of impacts and adaptation.
Visit americasclimatechoices.org for more information.