With support from the West Coast Sea Grant programs, researchers have assembled leading scientists and adaptation practitioners to develop insight into what successful adaptation to climate change means in the various physical, ecological, socioeconomic, institutional, and cultural contexts that characterize coastal communities. They will also suggest ways that communities can measure their progress toward adaptation, both in the near term and as the climate continues to change. Researchers have synthesized current thinking on adaptation success from the published literature and have led workshops with scientists and practitioners, examining successful adaptation principles, outcomes, and processes.
With support from the West Coast Sea Grant programs, researchers completed a years-long project developing guidance on the characteristics of successful adaptation in the coastal environment in terms both of outcomes and of processes, governance and social mechanisms. They brought leading scientists and practitioners together and synthesized insights from workshops, interviews, policy and planning documents and the scientific literature.
The synthesis yielded a framework for evaluating specific climate-resilience efforts based on the key characteristics of multiple dimensions of success. It included strategies for developing indicators and metrics for measuring success. The framework was tested by researchers in multiple training sessions for state environmental, health and resource officials, and it is now widely employed in regional discussions of climate change adaptation.