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Adaptation 2016

Proposal creation

CoLab members create proposals

01/15/16 EST - 05/23/16 EDT
Semi-Finalist selection
Expert judges select semi-finalists

05/23/16 EDT - 06/07/16 EDT
Proposal revisions
Semi-finalists can improve their proposals

06/07/16 EDT - 06/15/16 EDT
Finalist selection
Expert judges select finalists

06/16/16 EDT - 07/05/16 EDT
Voting Period
CoLab judges select winners

07/05/16 EDT - 07/31/16 EDT
Completed
Winners present to potential implementers

08/01/16 EDT
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What can be done to prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change?

Climate change is already affecting earth’s ecosystems and the welfare of the billions that depend on them. Even assuming focused, deliberate efforts to aggressively reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and reverse the course on a global economy dominated by fossil fuels, we have already committed our planet to a certain level of climate change. We will need to adapt to those aspects of climate change that are irreversible in the short term.


Climate change is a global problem whose challenges will be met at the local and regional level. Scientists have predicted its impacts to include changes in precipitation, heat waves, increased magnitude of extreme weather events and disaster intensity, increased flooding, reduced fresh water resources, sea level rise, changes in disease patterns, and more. Even if we were able to aggressively reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, mean sea levels may rise between 26-54 cm by 2100 under conservative scenarios, and most projections are higher (IPCC, 2013). Mean global surface temperature is likely to increase by 2-5 degrees Celsius, causing an acceleration of the hydrologic cycle and an exacerbation of precipitation extremes. The impacts of climate change will increasingly affect plant, animal and human life. This contest seeks to explore innovative institutional, educational, financial, and other means by which we can increase global and local preparedness for climate change on both domestic and international scales.

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Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Strategies for Property and CommunityClimate.IQ

6/15/16 Team only
Climate.IQ is a web tool that uses spatial and statistical analysis to conduct climate risk assessmennt for properties and communities.

Management via Measurement: translating climate projections into actionable datarisQ

6/15/16 Team only
Developing a Physics Guided Statistical Model to provide actionable, probabilistic climate forecasts to the public and private sectors

Decision Support Tool for Urban WatershedsGreencommons

6/15/16 Team only
A decision support tool to promote non-expert awareness on urban water systems issues and intervention opportunities in Massachusetts.

Hudson River Sustainable Shorelines ProjectSustainable Shores

6/15/16 Team only
Sustainable Shorelines generates info about best shoreline management options preserving ecology through adapting to climate change impacts.

Adapting Cultural Heritage to Climate Changevictoria.herrmann

6/15/16 Team only
Climate change adaptation isnt just armoring infrastructure. Its making cultures more resilient. We make sure community identity is saved.

Eco-Cassavaafrica4green and 1 other

6/15/16 Anyone
Cassava, a climate-smart cash crop, can help build the adaptive capacity of rural women and community resilience in SubSahara Africa.

Troubled Waters: a crowdsourcing game created to improve water resources.portia2

6/14/16 Team only
Troubled Waters is a crowdsourcing game aimed at developing methods for alleviating wide-ranging severe water stress now and in the future.

Ecosan solution for adapting climate change in the Himalaya.EcoSan Nepal

6/11/16 Team only
Economic use of water with urine from EcoSan in a greenhouse for vegetable production. Help people adapt and live in the same place.

Unleashing the climate-smart potential of Africa’s forgotten ricesririce

6/10/16 Team only
Combining eco-farming methods with ancient varieties, farmers can more efficiently use resources, improve yields, & preserve biodiversity.

Build reefs to sustain oceans' adaptation to a warmer worldDO CLIMA

5/7/16 Team only
Support a new generation of ocean fishermen, divers and sailors to adapt marine ecossystems to current climate change impacts

Use Bamboo to Control Floods and Save Forestsafrica4green

4/8/16 Anyone
Bamboo grows very fast and can therefore serve as a sustainable and renewable source of charcoal and flood resistant construction materials.