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Title:Building Resiliency to Climate Change: A Call to Action
Geographic Coverage:Illinois
Abstract:The changes in climate occurring today and those projected for the future will have a significant impact on weather extremes and average climate patterns, creating conditions that differ from the historical weather and climate data upon which our societies and systems are based. Disasters such as floods, severe rainstorms, tornadoes, winter storms, and summer drought will be different in the future, typically intensified by climate change. To adapt, it is incumbent upon state and local governments to understand the evolving trends, prepare for changes, and increase resiliency. Climate change impacts on extreme weather events should be included in updates to the Illinois Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (NHMP) to better describe specific areas or vulnerable populations within the state. This report highlights data from prominent researchers that describe the likely impacts of climate change on diverse and wide-ranging aspects of Illinois life as well as actions that other Midwestern states and communities are taking to address its negative effects. In Illinois, research and implemented strategies have yielded valuable information, but a coordinated, state-led effort is still necessary to prevent the increasing costs resulting from natural disasters and the cascading negative impacts on quality of life in the state. This report is a call to action for continuing disaster impact assessments and a starting point for Illinois government and its agencies to develop coordinated strategies to prepare for a changing climate and lead Illinois into a safe and prosperous future.
Issue Date:2018-11
Publisher:Illinois State Water Survey
Citation Info:Illinois State Water Survey. 2018. Building Resiliency to Climate Change: A Call to Action. ISWS Contract Report 2018-05, Champaign, IL.
Series/Report:ISWS Contract Report CR-2018-05
Genre:Technical Report
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Sponsor:Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Rights Information:Copyright ... University of Illinois Board of Trustees. All rights reserved. This document is a product of the Illinois State Water Survey, and has been selected and made available by the Illinois State Water Survey and the University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It is intended for research and educational use, and proper attribution is requested.
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-11-29

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