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This site includes an array of resources that can help Federal agencies with their climate change adaptation planning and implementation efforts. Resources include relevant executive orders and strategic plans, technical reports on scientific research, guidance and frameworks for adapting to climate change, and summary documents for decision-makers who need only an overview.

As new information, data, and tools are developed, we will continually improve and update this website so as to best help agencies meet the requirements outlined in Executive Order 13653Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change, and the subsequent guidance provided by the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive, Preparing Federal Agency Climate Change Adaptation Plans in Accordance with Executive Order 13653.

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  • Need help understanding Executive Order 13653? Want to know how to increase resiliency and prepare for a changing environment? The General Services Administration's Sustainable Facilities Tool can walk you through EO 13653, providing helpful definitions, strategies, and links here



Adaptation Vocabulary

Several different terms have been used to describe concepts associated with adaptation. To differentiate between these terms, Executive Order 13653 provides definitions: 

Actions taken to plan, organize, equip, train, and exercise to build, apply, and sustain the capabilities necessary to prevent, protect against, ameliorate the effects of, respond to, and recover from climate change related damages to life, health, property, livelihoods, ecosystems, and national security.

Adjustment in natural or human systems in anticipation of or response to a changing environment in a way that effectively uses beneficial opportunities or reduces negative effects.

The ability to anticipate, prepare for, and adapt to changing conditions and withstand, respond to, and recover rapidly from disruptions.

FY 2013 Federal Agency Adaptation Plans

Under Executive Order 13514, President Obama directed Federal agencies to cut waste, pollution, and costs in Federal operations, and to evaluate climate-related risks in order to ensure they can continue to meet their mission and serve the American public in the face of a changing climate. In February 2013, Federal agencies released their first ever Climate Change Adaptation Plans to the general public, outlining strategies to reduce the vulnerability of Federal programs, assets, and investments to the impacts of climate change, such as sea level rise and more frequent or severe extreme weather. Agency plans highlight actions to prepare for and address these impacts through their programs and operations.

The Federal Agency Climate Change Adaptation Plans were released as appendices to the annual Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans (SSPPs), which describe how agencies will achieve the environmental, economic, and energy goals mandated in Executive Order 13514. The SSPPs are updated each year, reviewed by CEQ, and approved by OMB to ensure that actions are carefully aligned with resources, Administration priorities, and the Federal budget process. The plans must prioritize actions based on a positive return on investment for the American taxpayer. Furthering the Administration’s commitment to transparency, the plans are made publicly accessible on agency websites.

For more information, please click here. For links to the individual agency adaptation plans for FY 2013, please click on the button below. 

Federal Agency Adaptation Plans: Summary of Research and Information Needs

USGCRP's Adaptation Science Interagency Workgroup (ASIWG) conducted a review of the FY 2013 Federal Agency Climate Change Adaptation Plans to identify common research and information needs across the agencies. A summary of the top three needs was presented at the August 2013 GreenGov workshop, and a more in-depth report was developed outlining the most common needs. 

  • To view or download a PDF presentation of the top three adaptation research and information needs, please click here.
  • To view or download a PDF of the FY 2013 Federal Agency Climate Change Adaptation Plans: Summary of Research and Information Needs report, please click here.


Federal Resources by Research and Information Need

    The links below provide resources grouped by the themes outlined in the FY 2013 Federal Agency Climate Change Adaptation Plans: Summary of Research and Information Needs report. Additional resources will be added as they become available. 


    August 2013 GreenGov Workshop Resources

    On August 2nd, 2013, CEQ and USGCRP hosted a GreenGov Workshop on Climate Science and Adaptation Planning to discuss Federal agency climate science needs. This workshop showcased climate science and adaptation best practices and provided tools and information to educate agencies about what techniques and strategies have been successful and what tools are already available. For more information, please click here