Planning for Community Resilience

Climate Change

Climate Assessments and Guidance for Policy Makers


Adaptive strategies to mitigate climate change through policy implementation are imperative for supporting a standard that ensures the health of our planet.

Total U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Economic Sector in 2014
(Photo Credit: EPA. Data from Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2014 Source)

External Resources

  • U.S. Global Change Research Program, Third U.S. National Climate Assessment, Climate Change Impacts in the United States, May 2014:
    • Including Houstonians, more than half of Americans live in coastal counties. Two foot sea level rise along the coast, which could be reached as soon as 2050, will increase storm surges. This peer-reviewed report on climate change highlights Gulf Coast specific ecosystem vulnerabilities including hurricane paths relative to oil and gas and socioeconomic disparities.
  • Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis:
  • Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability:
  • Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change:
  • Climate Change 2014: Synthesis Report:
  • Climate Resilience Toolkit:
    • Includes climate information, tools, and training resources. Learn from local adaptation, such as the the Houston Medical Center’s resiliency initiative after Tropical Storm Allison in 2001; to be independent of the Houston utility grid for normal and emergency operations they installed a 48 MW combined heat and power plant and have implemented a stormwater management plan to reduce subsidence.
  • Climate Ready Estuaries Coastal Adaptation Toolkit: much change?
    • EPA site that includes useful information on change, impacts, and adaptation options based on regional climate trends and scenarios.