ICF works with public- and private-sector clients around the globe to evaluate climate change impacts, develop adaptation strategies, promote climate-resilient decision-making, and build capacity to manage climate risks. We leverage our experience and knowledge gained from years of pioneering work with U.S. federal agencies to apply state-of-the-art adaptation practices worldwide.
Our clients include multinational companies and organizations, federal agencies, state and local agencies, metropolitan planning organizations, and international funding institutions. ICF applies deep sectoral and broad geographic experience to today's complex adaptation challenges, with our multidisciplinary teams bringing extensive knowledge of environmental, energy, transportation, human health, and other sectors to this cross-cutting issue.
Our adaptation services include:
- Evaluating climate change impacts on ecosystems, economic systems, human health, infrastructure, and operations
- Developing decision-support frameworks for addressing climate risks
- Assessing climate vulnerabilities, risks, and opportunities
- Evaluating adaptation options
- Mainstreaming climate risk management into existing activities
- Engaging stakeholders through pilot programs, workshops, and outreach
Our decades of experience in climate impacts and adaptation are marked by a series of firsts:
- ICF developed the first U.S. federal agency adaptation framework—for the Federal Highway Administration—and provided technical assistance to the first transportation adaptation pilots as they implemented the conceptual model.
- ICF is performing the first multimodal vulnerability assessment of climate risks to transportation assets and services on behalf of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The pilot study is being conducted in Mobile, Alabama, and is expressly designed to enable transferability of tools and approaches to counties across the United States.
- ICF helped the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launch its first adaptation program, Climate Ready Estuaries.
- ICF developed the first climate risk screening tool for park infrastructure for the U.S. National Park Service.
Globally, ICF supports the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Climate Change Office in providing technical assistance and analysis for agency bureaus, field missions, and partner practitioners to implement climate change adaptation programs. We have led innovative adaptation projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean, covering every major sector, for development organizations such as the Canadian International Development Agency, World Bank Group, and Asian Development Bank.