Developed by the Medford Planning Department, Matt Brinkley, Director and endorsed by Medford City Council, January 4th 2024
Globally, the world has reached a point from which it is not possible to avoid the impacts of climate change. Although potential future impacts of climate change vary from model to model, as global climate emissions continue to climb, more severe climate impacts are generally thought to be a likely scenario.
The United States is home to millions of unique biomes that will all be impacted by climate change differently, making the need to develop adaptation and resiliency plans at the local level exceptionally important. While no plan can comprehensively address all the ways in which climate change will impact humans and our built and natural environments, this plan has focused on four key areas that the City of Medford can strategically address to effectively adapt to the effects of climate change.
Our process for developing the Climate Change Adaptation and Resiliency Plan is to first identify potential city-wide vulnerabilities. The vulnerabilities report relies on an existing body of research to identify how natural systems in the Rogue Valley may change, and the corresponding impacts of those changes on the regional economy, built environment, public health, and community. While we are no longer able to stop the effects of climate change, strategically working to improve resiliency and adaptation can help mitigate the effects of climate change, protecting quality of life. Research to understand our vulnerabilities will be ongoing, as new data becomes available.