Climate Change Adaptation - Pennsylvania

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        Threat to Water Supply and Quality     Threat from Intensified Storm Events     Threat to Wildlife and Habitat      
        Action: Adaptation Plan in Progress                  

Climate Change History

Pennsylvania is currently revising its climate action plan – a process it is committed to on a three year cycle.  The Center for Climate Strategies is assisting the State with this process.  The climate plan is focused on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation) and does not include the preparation of state resources to deal with climate change effects already underway (adaptation).

Current & Future Action

Since March of 2010 the Department of Environmental Protection in conjunction with other stakeholders has been developing an initial document discussing the need for adaptation strategies in Pennsylvania.  Wetlands and wetland functions fall under the purview of the natural resources and infrastructure working groups.  This document is expected by the end of 2010.

Pilot Programs/Current Studies

The state does not, as yet, have any specific pilots or case studies dealing with wetlands and climate change.

For More Information

The Climate Change Advisory Committee’s webpage is at:

For more information about adaptation efforts and wetlands contact Kim at or Joe Sherrick at (717)705-0372 or