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Puget Sound Partnership Climate Guidance: Principles of Adaptation and Practical Guidance for Climate-Smart Recovery

Citation

Vogel, J.M. and G. Mauger. 2020. Puget Sound Partnership Climate Guidance: Principles of Adaptation and Practical Guidance for Climate-Smart Recovery. Report prepared for the Puget Sound Partnership. Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington.


Abstract

Advancing the recovery of Puget Sound requires meaningful and tangible consideration of how climate change could put your recovery efforts at risk. Changes in ambient climate conditions —warming land areas, changing precipitation, declining snowpack, shifting streamflow, warming streams, sea level rise, ocean warming and ocean acidification — may place additional stress on the already stressed ecosystems you aim to recover. But these climate changes could also affect your solutions — the ecosystem recovery strategies and projects you may be putting forward.

But you do not need to be an expert in the science of climate change to make better recovery decisions. This guidance has aimed to make the issue of climate change as approachable as possible for the full range of recovery professionals by providing both broad principles to help guide your thinking about climate change and practical guidance for specific ways in which climate change can be integrated into your work at both the program- and project-level.