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Planners have an opportunity to reduce society’s vulnerability to climate change by planning in the context of these ongoing trends, given that their continuation is more likely than a return to climate conditions we have known in the past.

City, London, Amsterdam and other cities are now doing. High-resolution climate projections, accurate to within 0.8 to eight kilometres (0.5 to five miles), are increasingly available for most communities. Although the accuracy of these high-resolution maps is probably no greater than that of coarse-scale projections, they provide excellent tools for guiding community dialogue about probable local patterns of change and are therefore valuable resources for community and regional planners.

Information in this article comes from the 2009 National Climate Assessment of the United States (http://globalchange.gov/ publications/reports) and from the Scenarios Network for Alaska and Arctic Planning (http://www.snap.uaf.edu). The authors are climate-change scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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