Coping with Climate Change: The Role of Adaptation in the United States

  • July 15, 2004
  • By WIlliam Easterling, Brian H. Hurd, and Joel B. Smith
In this report, the authors discusses the importance of adapting to climate change, the options available for adaptation, and the challenges of implementing them in the United States. 

Adaptation will not be an easy or cost-free process, according to the report. Despite the challenges, however, the capacity of the U.S. economy to adapt to climate change is high, because of the broad range of resources (including wealth, technology and information) that can be directed at the problem.