US Army Corps of Engineers, 2011 Climate Change Adaptation Plan and Report   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the Executive Summary: "The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) understands that climate change is among the major challenges of the 21st century, and can impact all areas of our missions and operations. Since 2006, USACE has embarked on a comprehensive approach to climate change that incorporates new knowledge and changing conditions into our missions, operations, programs, and projects. Our approach enhances the capacity of our planning, design, construction, operations, and maintenance to adapt to changing climate and other global changes. Our goal is to develop practical, nationally consistent, legally justifiable, and cost effective measures, both structural and nonstructural, to reduce vulnerabilities and improve the resilience of our water resources infrastructure impacted by climate change. We are taking a collaborative approach that embodies a new attitude to partnering between agencies. This collaboration takes advantage of our different perspectives and expertise so that our progress on adaptation reflects the best available and actionable science. But in turn, we are working to help guide the science to better meet our needs and the needs of other land and water resources agencies. We are taking a phased approach that allows us to identify uncertainties, whether in climate projections or in system responses, so that we begin adaptation in areas where uncertainties are relatively smaller and the risk of adverse or unintended consequences is lower. We are developing and implementing plans, policies, and infrastructure adaptation in parallel, rather than sequentially, so that adaptation begins soonest for projects that are most vulnerable."

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