Climate Change

Sector-Specific Support on Climate Change

Abt Provides Climate Change Support in the Following Key Sectors:

  • Energy
  • Agriculture
  • Waste Management
  • Water
  • Industry
  • Infrastructure
  • Transportation
  • Forestry and Land Use
  • Urban Sustainability
  • Health
  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity
Abt Associates is a global leader in providing technical analysis and capacity development across all major sectors. We offer expertise in the following activities:

Modeling sector impacts: Abt staff has developed and applied sector-specific tools and models to help clients evaluate the environmental, economic, financial, and social impacts of climate change on vulnerable sectors. For example, Abt created several models to evaluate climate change impacts on health, ecosystems, and infrastructure for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2015 report “Climate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action.

Evaluating vulnerability and adaptive capacity: Certain sectors are especially vulnerable to changes in climate, such as infrastructure, coastal areas, health, and water resources. Understanding the vulnerability of resources and activities in these sectors is critical for taking action to build adaptive capacity. Abt has assisted clients in evaluating the vulnerability and adaptive capacity of specific sectors. For example, we evaluated the vulnerability of the nation’s bridges to projected changes in precipitation for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

bt Associates developed this map for the non-profit Clean Air-Cool Planet
Abt Associates developed this map for the non-profit Clean Air-Cool Planet. The map illustrates the effects of a one-meter rise in sea levels in New Orleans, La. and shows unprotected areas outside the Army Corp of Engineers' 100-year levees being inundated by rising seas.
Analyzing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigation potential: Abt’s analysts have conducted a wide range of sector-specific assessments of greenhouse gas emissions and mitigation potential. For example, on behalf of the USAID, Abt is working with the Philippine government to evaluate the costs and benefits of greenhouse gas emissions mitigation options in the agriculture, energy, forestry, industry, and waste sectors. Abt has also designed pioneering internet-based tools, such as AirCounts™ and CarbonCounts™, that can be used to estimate, report, and monitor progress toward environmental, health, and economic goals related to mitigating climate change.

Other strategic support: Abt provides strategic assistance for sector-specific efforts to address climate change, including monitoring and evaluation, planning, financing, and communications and outreach support. For example, Abt is advising the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island on the costs and potential emissions mitigation benefits of a range of measures, for these states’ climate change plans.

Read more about Abt’s work in climate change:
Global Climate Change: Strategies for Mitigating and Adapting to a Changing World
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Energy and Transportation
Agriculture, Forestry, and other Land Use
Water, Wastewater, and Solid Waste
Urban Sustainability and Health
Coastal Resources and Inland Infrastructure



  • Five Americas for Community Water and Climate Change, 2014 NOAA Webinar Series: Climate Information for Managing Risks in Water Resources
  • The Climate and Clean Air Coalition Municipal Solid Waste Initiative’s Support to Participating Cities, 5th SWEEP-Net Regional Forum on Integrated Solid Waste Management, Tunis, Tunisia
  • Palardy, J.E. (2014) CO2-COST: A tool to assess the effects of climate change and ocean acidification on coral reefs. Paper Presented at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting, Honolulu, HI. February 23-28, 2014.
  • Besedin, E.Y., J.E. Palardy, A. Speers, C. Roheim. (2013). Economic Impacts of Climate Change and Ocean Acidification on Coral Reef Fisheries. Selected Paper at 7th Bi-annual Meeting of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics, Burlington, VT, June 9-12, 2013.
  • Palardy, J.E., E.Y. Besedin, E. Post. (2011) Modeling the economic implications of ocean acidification on coral reefs. Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry - Ocean Acidification Principal Investigators’ Meeting. Woods Hole, MA, March 22-24, 2011.