Hill Briefing on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation

Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation
January 8, 2010

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), The American Geophysical Union (AGU), The American Meteorological Society (AMS), The Ecological Society of America (ESA), and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change held a briefing on climate change impacts and adaptation.

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Program Summary:
Human-caused climate change is well underway and almost certain to continue in the decades ahead. Comprehensive risk management strategies will include efforts both to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation) and to enhance society’s ability to cope with climate impacts (adaptation). Mitigation and adaptation often get mistaken for competing, mutually exclusive alternatives when they are really complimentary approaches with differing strengths and limitations. This briefing will examine the nature of climate impacts occurring within the United States, and explore options for dealing with those impacts.


  • Thomas R. Karl, Director, NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center; Lead, NOAA Climate Services; and President, American Meteorological Society
  • Kristie L. Ebi, Executive Director, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group 2 Technical Support Unit - Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability 
  • Katharine L. Jacobs, Executive Director, Arizona Water Institute; and Professor, University of Arizona Soil, Water and Environmental Science Department 
  • Susanne Moser, Director and Principal Researcher of Susanne Moser Research & Consulting; and Research Associate at the University of California-Santa Cruz Institute for Marine Sciences

Moderator: Paul Higgins, Senior Policy Fellow, American Meteorological Society

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