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Adaptation to Climate Change: Revisiting Infrastructure Norms



As defined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, adaptation includes a set of
actions to moderate harm or exploit beneficial opportunities in response to climate change. To
date, little research has addressed public policy options to frame the nation’s approach to adapt to
a changing climate. In light of scientific evidence of extreme and unpredictable climate change,
prudent policy requires consideration of what to do if markets and people fail to anticipate these
changes, or are constrained in their ability to react. This issue brief is one in a series that results
from the second phase of a domestic adaptation research project conducted by Resources for the
Future. The briefs are primarily intended for use by decisionmakers in confronting the complex and
difficult task of effectively adapting the United States to climate change impacts, but may also
offer insight and value to scholars and the general public. This research was supported by a grant
from the Smith‐Richardson Foundation.

Climate Change
North America
United States
Year Published:
James Neumann
Resources for the Future