The earth’s climate affects practically every physical, ecological, and biological system on the planet. The increasing occurrence of irregular climate patterns as a result of greenhouse gas emissions coming from human-generated activity means uncertain changes in precipitation amounts, storm frequency and intensity, and temperature ranges. These changes in turn affect local weather patterns, seasonal shifts, growing seasons and conditions, ice melt rates and amounts, sea and air temperatures, incubation and gestation rates, migration patterns, disease patterns, and any other number of variables we as a global society have come to anticipate and have built into our planning calculus.
Mitigation of further climate changing activity is possible and necessary with strong leadership and decisive action, but adaptation to changing conditions is critical, as the time to avoid change has passed. Building resilience into cities, systems, and institutions has become the call for action and demands an incredible amount of collaboration across organizational and functional boundaries. CLiGS is exploring and advancing innovative strategies being implemented to build climate resilience domestically and around the world.