Climate Change Adaptation Across the U.S.

Droughts are intensifying disputes on water claims in the western United States while other parts of the nation face the devastating effects of flooding. The Mississippi River is among the few rivers that may see fewer floods due to climate change, according to a recent research report published in the journal Nature Climate Change. The report, “Global flood risk under climate change,” also predicts fewer floods for the Euphrates (Middle East) and Danube (Europe) rivers. However, many other areas, such as Southeast Asia, central Africa, and parts of Latin America, will likely see more flooding, according to the researcher’s models.

With data from models and resources such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Resilience Evaluation & Awareness Tool, many cities are beginning to build adaptation strategies into their planning processes. Earlier this summer, University of Michigan graduates in environmental policy Kirsten Howard and Allie Goldstein embarked on a “Great American Adaptation Road Trip.” They are blogging about what adaptation looks like on the ground as they travel across the nation. Check it out.

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