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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 Thank you!