Climate Change Adaptation Resource Center (ARC-X)

Library for Climate Change Adaptation

There are many resources available that describe the implications of climate change. This resource center focuses on helping communities adapt to changes primarily reported in the U.S. National Climate Assessment (2014). In particular, the site focuses on climate impacts most relevant to the EPA's statutory responsibilities and mission to protect human health and the environment.

For those interested in exploring climate change or climate change adaptation in more detail, we provide several additional resources, by area of interest, below. Further links can be found in the Underlying Science section of the ARC-X and on EPA's Climate Change portal.

Air Quality

Climate change may complicate community efforts to maintain their outdoor air quality standards. Those working to attain air quality standards may find reaching those goals more difficult. Indoor air quality is threatened by more frequent and intense storms, as a result of climate change, and is expected to increase more damp conditions that are ideal for the growth of indoor fungi and mold.

Water Management

Climate change impacts are likely to affect the programs designed to protect water quality, public health, and safety. Climate risks from more frequent and intense storms, sea-level rise and warmer temperatures can all pose challenges to water utility operations, water quality maintenance and ecosystem protection.

Waste Management & Emergency Response

Communities' efforts to ensure the proper management of hazardous and non-hazardous wastes can be complicated by climate change. Contaminated site management will become more difficult due to the increased incidence of flooding and other climate impacts that threaten the effectiveness of cleanup efforts. The safe and timely management of disaster debris can be impacted by more frequent and more powerful natural disasters, requiring more resources and greater coordination and planning efforts.

Public Health

Climate change impacts, such as higher average temperatures and increased storm frequency and intensity, can intensify public health stressors including decreased air and water quality, accidental exposure to chemicals, and extreme heat.

Adaptation Planning

Many states, cities, businesses, and federal government agencies have realized the importance of reducing the harm climate change can cause and have begun developing their own adaptation plans and adopting policies that strengthen resiliency.

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