February 2, 2017
The Georgetown Climate Center identified issues that may be of interest to the Maryland Commission on Climate Change (MCCC) as it finalized its report on the status of Maryland’s climate change efforts and recommendations for legislative action, and develops its 2017 workplans.
This memorandum seeks to help the state document the important work it is already doing to prepare for the impacts of climate change and to provide recommendations for additional steps that the state could take, drawing on examples of practices from other states. In order to protect lives, health, property, economies, and natural systems, states need to adapt how they plan, regulate and make investments to incorporate projections of what future conditions will look like with a changing climate.
To develop this report, the Georgetown Climate Center leveraged our State Adaptation Progress Tracking tool. The Center actively tracks the progress states are making in preparing for the impacts of climate change through our state progress-tracking tool.
Maryland’s adaptation work is directed by two adaptation plans: (1) the Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland's Vulnerability to Climate Change, Phase I: Sea-level rise and coastal storms, which was published on September 12, 2008, and includes recommendations for how the state can adapt to impacts from sea-level rise and coastal storms; and (2) the Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland's Vulnerability to Climate Change, Phase II: building societal, economic, and ecological resilience, which was published on January 24, 2011 and provides recommendations for adapting to changes in precipitation patterns and increased temperature.
The Georgetown Climate Center is funded by the Town Creek Foundation to serve as a resource to the MCCC.
Georgetown Climate Center's adaptation recommendations consist of the following: