Progress by Washington State Agencies in Pursuing Adaptation

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Progress by Washington State Agencies in Pursuing Adaptation

Project Overview

Washington State has identified climate change as a major challenge to its economic, social, and environmental success.  To take stock of state agencies’ efforts to prepare for climate impacts, the University of Washington’s Climate Impacts Group and School of Marine and Environmental Affairs reviewed publicly available online documents, administered an online survey, and convened focus group discussions involving over 60 agency staff.

A logic model for Adaptation Performance Tracking. The blue rectangle includes items (Inputs, Activities, and Outputs) directly managed in most programs or agencies. The red rectangle includes the results that flow from programmatic or agency activities over time and are managed less directly. This model could be used by program managers or agency leaders to measure adaptation performance and identify needs or gaps.

Key Findings

Read the project summary report here.

  • Of the 200+ adaptation actions identified in the Washington Integrated Climate Response Strategy (2012), online documents provide evidence of progress for nearly two-thirds (65%) of the actions.
  • The adaptation actions being pursued are mostly related to coordination (33%), policy/administrative activities, (22%), research (22%), and education (17%). Only a small fraction (6%) of activities were classified as risk reduction actions (e.g., investments in new infrastructure, alteration in natural resource management practices).
  • Barriers to adaptation include: limited financial or human resources, inadequate institutional support, inadequate information and expertise, contrary public beliefs, and lack of collaboration.
  • A logic model focused on Inputs, Activities, Outputs, Outcomes, and Impacts may provide a template for program managers and agency leaders as they attempt to monitor progress in achieving adaptation goals.

Key Personnel

  • Joe Casola (Principle Investigator)*
  • Nives Dolšak, UW School of Marine and Environmental Affairs
  • Dani Ziff, UW School of Marine and Environmental Affairs
  • Lynn Helbrecht, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Dan Siemann, Washington State Department of National Resources
  • Washington Interagency Climate Adaptation Network (ICAN)

* Indicates CIG Personnel

Start and End Dates

 June 2016 – April 2018


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