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									          What is Adaptation?




Climate Mitigation – Any measure or action taken to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate Adaptation – Any measure or action that
reduces the negative impacts of climate change or
increases new opportunities.
Status of Adaptation Planning in US
   Many states at least mention adaptation in their
    state climate action plans.
   Relatively few local governments have
    undertaken adaptation planning processes:
    –   Miami-Dade County, FL
    –   Keene, NH
    –   King County, WA
    –   San Francisco, CA
    –   New York, NY
    –   Homer, AK
    –   Chicago, IL
    –   Portland, OR (by 2010)
            Miami-Dade County
 Second Report            Statement on Sea Level
                             Rise in the Coming
    and Initial                    Century
Recommendations              Science Committee
    Presented to             Miami-Dade County
   The Miami-Dade           Climate Change Advisory
                                   Task Force
   Board of County
    Commissioners
     April 2008             Dr. Harold R. Wanless
                           Department of Geological
   Miami-Dade County               Sciences
Climate Change Advisory       University of Miami
        Task Force              April 22, 2008
                 Miami-Dade County
•   Primary focus on mitigation
•   Impacts include sea level rise and storm surge
•   Also potential changes in rainfall patterns –
    more droughts & floods
•   Subcommittees:
    •   Scientific and Technical
    •   Greenhouse Gas Reduction
    •   Natural Systems Adaptation
    •   Property and Infrastructure Adaptation
    •   Economic, Social and Health
    •   Intergovernmental Affairs

•   Committee members from public and private
    sectors
Miami-Dade County

         •   MIAMI, FLORIDA
             - 1.25-meter
             sea level rise
         •   Population:
             362,470
         •   Data Source:
             LIDAR IHRCS
Miami-Dade County

         •   MIAMI BEACH,
             FLORIDA -
             1-meter sea level
             rise
         •   Population: 87,933
         •   Data Source:
             LIDAR IHRCS
                         Miami-Dade County
       Light Detection and Radar (LIDAR) mapping of entire
            county for 1-6 foot sea level rise scenarios


                                                    South Florida 2100
                                                    +6 foot rise




 South Florida 1995

Statement on Sea Level Rise in the Coming Century
Miami-Dade Climate Change Science Subcommittee
http://www.miamidade.gov/derm/climate_change.asp
              Maps will be used to:

   Detail the elevations of
    infrastructure and roadway
    elements throughout the
    County
   Determine the
    susceptibility of coastal,
    wetland, and artificial fill
    areas to erosion
   Define areas of potential
    pollution and contamination
    release
             Maps will be used to:
   Determine changing drainage and storm surge risks
   Assess structural viability of buildings and levees
    with changing groundwater levels and saline water
    intrusion
   Help assess future fresh potable water sources
   Define modifications necessary to maintain
    connectivity of roadways
Responses

   Assessing vulnerabilities by
    agency for 50 years into future
   Will mainstream results into
    planning & permitting process
   Establish criteria that include
    climate change for public
    investments
   Centralize climate information
    and monitoring within County’s
    Office of Sustainability
                   Responses

• Working specifically on
  adaptation measures for:
    Natural systems
    Agriculture
    Economic, social, and
      health
• Public education and
  outreach/communication
• Better intergovernmental
  coordination
         For more information…

   Miami-Dade Department of Environmental
    Resources
   Climate Change Advisory Task Force
   http://www.miamidade.gov/derm/climate_
    change.asp


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