State Wetland Climate Change Adaptation Summaries The Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) queried the 50 states for information on any wetland-related climate change adaptation efforts they have initiated as of 2010. Since the term ‘global warming’ first appeared in scientific literature in 1975, human understanding of our role in the greater ecological system has rapidly evolved.  The scientific consensus is that the planet is warming, and that human activity is (at least) partially to blame.  This consensus also holds that the warming trend will have profound adverse impacts on many species, habitats and human systems. What silver linings are presented by current projections, such as increased opportunity for agriculture in presently colder climate zones, will likely be realized at the cost of many natural resources, already strained. There are a number of efforts underway to lessen the extent to which human activity contributes to climate change.  Many states have sought ways to reduce greenhouse gases, implementing things such as emissions standards, energy portfolios, and carbon reduction targets.

Planning and adjustments to states’ coastal management programs should be evaluated and implemented.  Such changes are known as adaptation.  Changes in temperature and precipitation as well as the timing and intensity of flooding and drought will also require adaptive measures in the interior of the United States.  Collectively these changes can be expected to have a significant impact on wetland resources.  For the 2010 full report, click here. For technical information on how to use these webpages, click here.

These summaries are updated on an ongoing basis as information about new tools and adaptation planning becomes available for each state. These summaries have been updated in 2013.

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Wetlands are a profoundly diverse category of ecosystems. Climate change impacts will be different from one state to another. In addition, states vary in the activities they have undertaken in response to climate change, to date. In order to help users find the most relevant data, ASWM has categorized state actions and perceived threats from climate change. These categories are symbolized at the top of each state’s summary page as in the legend below:

                       
   

Threats

 

The top line of icons represents the threats from climate change identified by the state.
Below is a list of states that face the same threat or are engaged in the same activity. Click on a state to view the state summary. Click on a symbol within a state summary to navigate to a list of state(s) facing that same threat.

   
 
 
Threat from sea level rise
       
Alabama     Mississippi
Alaska     New Hampshire
California     New Jersey
Connecticut     New York
Delaware     North Carolina
Florida     Oregon
Georgia     Rhode Island
Hawaii     South Carolina
Louisiana     Texas
Maine     Virginia
Maryland     Washington
Massachusetts      
       

       
 
 
Threat to water supply or
water quality
 
Alabama     New Jersey
Arizona     Nevada
California     New Hampshire
Colorado     New Mexico
Connecticut     North Carolina
Delaware     North Dakota
Florida     Ohio
Georgia     Oklahoma
Hawaii     Oregon
Idaho     Pennsylvania
Illinois     Rhode Island
Indiana     South Carolina
Iowa     South Dakota
Kansas     Texas
Maine     Utah
Michigan     Vermont
Minnesota     West Virginia
Mississippi     Washington
Missouri     Wisconsin
Montana     Wyoming
Nebraska      
       
       
       

       
Threat from storm surge/weather events
 
 
Threat from storm
surge/weather events
       
Alabama     Missouri
Alaska     Montana
California     New Hampshire
Colorado     New Jersey
Connecticut     New York
Florida     North Carolina
Georgia     North Dakota
Hawaii     Ohio
Idaho     Oklahoma
Illinois     Oregon
Indiana     Pennsylvania
Iowa     Rhode Island
Kansas     South Dakota
Louisiana     Tennessee
Maine     Vermont
Maryland     Virginia
Massachusetts     Wisconsin
Mississippi      
       
       

       
Threat from drought
 
 
Threat from drought
       
Colorado     North Carolina
Connecticut     Oklahoma
Idaho     Oregon
Iowa     South Dakota
Kansas     Tennessee
Minnesota     Texas
Missouri     Utah
Montana     Wisconsin
Nebraska     Wyoming
Nevada      
       

       
Threat to wildlife or habitat
 
 
Threat to wildlife or habitat
       
Alabama     Montana
Alaska     Nebraska
Arizona     New Hampshire
Arkansas     New Jersey
California     New Mexico
Connecticut     New York
Delaware     North Carolina
Florida     North Dakota
Georgia     Ohio
Hawaii     Oklahoma
Idaho     Oregon
Illinois     Pennsylvania
Indiana     Rhode Island
Iowa     South Dakota
Kansas     Tennessee
Kentucky     Texas
Louisiana     Utah
Maine     Vermont
Maryland     Virginia
Massachusetts     Washington
Michigan     West Virginia
Minnesota     Wisconsin
Mississippi     Wyoming
Missouri      
       
       
       
           
State Actions
   

The bottom line of icons represents the types of actions taken by the state in response to those threats.
Below is a list of states that face the same threat or are engaged in the same activity. Click on a state to view the state summary. Each state summary will include links to other states that also face the same threat or are engaged in the same activities.

 
Adaptation planning in progress
 
 
Adaptation planning in progress
     
Arkansas   New Jersey
Idaho   New York
Iowa   Oregon
Massachusetts   Pennsylvania
New Hampshire   Rhode Island
     

     
Adaptation planning completed
 
 
Adaptation planning completed
   
Kansas    
     

     
Adaptation planning includes wetlands
 
 
Adaptation planning includes
wetlands
 
Alaska   Vermont
Connecticut   Washington
Maine   Wisconsin
Minnesota    
     

     
Completed plan includes wetlands
 
 
Completed plan includes wetlands
     
California   Florida
Colorado   Maryland
     

     
Studies in progress
 
 
Studies in progress
     
California   Kansas
Delaware   Maryland
Florida   Minnesota
Hawaii   Montana
Idaho   Oklahoma
Iowa   Wisconsin
     

     
Studies completed
 
 
Studies completed
     
Delaware    
     

     
State is engaged in monitoring
 
 
State is engaged in monitoring
     
Arizona   Minnesota
Delaware   Vermont
Maine   Wisconsin
Massachusetts