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Executive Summary of Adaptive Tools from Water Resources and Climate Change Adaptation in Hawai'i
Climate change adaptation is the process of increasing resilience and reducing vulnerability to risks related to climate change. From a law and policy perspective, adaptation primarily means: (i) ensuring that current policies and procedures account for climate trends, variability, and uncertainty; and (ii) ensuring that, when decision-makers receive new information from climate scientists in the future, they will be able to appropriately act on that information with the existing policies and procedures. Thus, adaptation is not just about creating new policies, but about routinely considering how the future climate may affect the outcomes of decisions, and using that understanding to make more informed decisions. The need for adaptive tools is especially sharp in the context of managing vital water resources. Hawai‘i’s water experts recognize that climate change has the potential to devastate natural resources and human communities. Already, troubling patterns of climate change are being observed in Hawai‘i.
- Available Formats
Water resources executive summary (794.71 KB)
- Publication Date
- March 2012