All levels of government, communities, nonprofits, and the private sector must prepare for more extreme weather events, heat waves, droughts, and altered ecological systems—along with the emotional and psychological, as well as social, cultural, and economic stresses—resulting from rising global surface temperatures. Effective climate preparedness and resiliency building will require new technologies, and new forms of planning, governance, and social resilience. This includes enhanced approaches to information generation and analysis, scenario planning, decision-making, resource allocation, policy development, and stakeholder involvement. It also includes greatly expanded efforts to build resilience within vulnerable communities and populations.
TRIG's Climate Preparedness and Resiliency Program conducts research and provides technical assistance to organizations engaged in climate preparedness and resilience building. We support and collaborate with other practitioners and researchers to identify the best practices, tools, and policies in places where climate preparedness projects are already underway. We also initiate and support the development of comprehensive, systems-based, multi-sectoral model climate change preparedness projects in strategic locations across the nation.
Our research program evaluates the strengths and limitations of different approaches to climate preparedness and resilience planning and decision making occurring across the nation. We build on knowledge gained by current research to inform and improve federal, state, and local government, non-profit, and private sector climate preparedness and resilience policies and planning approaches.
In addition, we develop and disseminate much-needed climate preparedness decision support tools and provide direct technical assistance to organizations in developing and evaluating climate change preparedness strategies and policies.