Climate Change Adaptation Resources

This page lists the major featured resources within the Adaptation Workbook. You can filter this list according to your location. We are regularly adding new resources, but if you are looking for something else, please contact us.

Forest Adaptation Resources: Climate change tools and approaches for land managers, 2nd Edition

This document provides a suite of materials to help land managers to consider climate change and to develop adaptation actions. It does not provide specific recommendations, but rather serves as a decision-support tool for incorporating adaptation considerations into current management objectives.

Mid-Atlantic Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis: A Report from the Mid-Atlantic Climate Change Response Framework

Forest ecosystems will be affected directly and indirectly by a changing climate over the 21st century. This assessment evaluates the vulnerability of 11 forest ecosystems in the Mid-Atlantic region (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, eastern Maryland, and southern New York) under a range of future climates. We synthesized and summarized information on the contemporary landscape, provided information on past climate trends, and described a range of projected future climates.

New England and Northern New York Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis: A Report from the New England Climate Change Response Framework Project

This region contains about 40 million acres of forest, which provide numerous cultural, economic, and environmental benefits. Climate change is already having an impact on the region’s forests, increasing damage from extreme precipitation events and insect pests. Future changes could dramatically alter the landscape that characterizes the region.

A Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Focal Resources of the Sierra Nevada

This vulnerability assessment is an initial science-based effort to identify how and why focal resources (ecosystems, species populations, and ecosystem services) across the Sierra Nevada region are likely to be affected by future climate conditions. The overarching goal is to help resource managers and stakeholders plan their management of these focal resources in light of a changing climate. Specifically, this information can facilitate priority setting for management action and responses, helping to sustain optimal conditions for and productivity of focal resources.

Assessing the Potential Effects of Climate Change on National Forests and Grasslands in Texas

Forestlands in Texas are experiencing increased threats from fire, insect and plant invasions, disease, extreme weather, and drought. Although many of the effects of future changes are negative, natural resource management can help mitigate these impacts.

Assessing the Potential Effects of Climate Change on National Forests in Florida

Forestlands in Florida are experiencing increased threats from fire, insect and plant invasions, disease, extreme weather, and drought. Although many of the effects of future changes are negative, natural resource management can help mitigate these impacts.

Available Science Assessment Process (ASAP): Sea Level Rise in the Pacific Northwest and Northern California

A synthesis and evaluation of the body of scientific knowledge on specific, on-the-ground climate adaptation actions to determine the conditions, timeframes, and geographic areas where particular actions may be most effective for resource managers. This project identified sea level rise-related adaptation actions applied by resource managers, and evaluated the science behind those actions that may inform - if not improve - coastal planning and management in the Northwest.

Chicago Wilderness region urban forest vulnerability assessment and synthesis: A report from the Urban Forestry Climate Change Response Framework Chicago Wilderness pilot project

The urban forest of the Chicago Wilderness region, a 7-million-acre area covering portions of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin, will face direct and indirect impacts from a changing climate over the 21st century. This assessment evaluates the vulnerability of urban trees and natural and developed landscapes within the Chicago Wilderness region to a range of future climates. We synthesized and summarized information on the contemporary landscape, provided information on past climate trends, and illustrated a range of projected future climates.

Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE)

The Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) is managed by EcoAdapt and aims to build a shared knowledge base for managing natural and built systems in the face of rapid climate change. Find Adaptation and Vulnerability Assessments and Reports, Case Studies and Tools to help assess climate change impacts relevant to the region and resource area that you work within.

Climate change and New Hampshire Reports

Climate Solutions New England provides climate-related information of use to a broad range of New England decision makers, including planners, resource managers, businesses, and municipal and state government representatives.

Climate Change and Wildfire: What it means to tribes and how we can adapt

Over the last 100 years, average global temperatures have increased by approximately 1.2° C (2.2° F) due to increasing atmospheric concentrations of heat-trapping greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide (CO2). As the seasons progress, forests have less summer water source making them more prone to drought and ultimately, more vulnerable to wildfires. Tribes can adapt to increased wildfire risk and reduce wildfire occurrence.

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for the North-central California Coast and Ocean

EcoAdapt, the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, and other regional partners conducted a vulnerability assessment to identify how and why focal resources across the North-central California coast and ocean region are likely to be affected by future climate conditions. Climate change vulnerability of 44 focal resources, including eight habitats, populations of 31 species, and five ecosystem services was assessed by considering exposure and sensitivity to climate changes and non-climate stressors and adaptive capacity.

Climate Vulnerabilities in the Northern Forests

Forests are a defining landscape feature across the footprint of the Northern Forests Climate Hub, which spans the Midwest and Northeast Regional Climate Hubs. Northern forests contain 42% of all US forests, 32% of US timberlands, and 41% of the US population, and are central to ecological, economic, and cultural values in the region. These ecosystems are already responding to changing conditions, and climate change is anticipated to have a pervasive influence on forests and wildlife over the coming decades.

Considering Vermont’s Future in a Changing Climate: The First Vermont Climate Assessment.

The Vermont Climate Assessment (VCA) paints a vivid picture of a changing climate in Vermont and calls for immediate strategic planning to sustain the social, economic and environmental fabric of our state. The VCA is the first state-scale climate assessment in the country and speaks directly to the impacts of climate change as they pertain to our rural towns, cities and communities, including impacts on Vermont tourism and recreation, agriculture, natural resources and energy.

EcoAdapt Hawaiian Islands Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation Synthesis

this report is a comprehensive, science-based syntheses of current and projected future climate impacts on, and adaptation options for, terrestrial and freshwater resources within the main Hawaiian Islands. This project is part of the Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative's multi-year Hawaiian Islands Terrestrial Adaptation Initiative. Find Vulnerability Syntheses, Adaptation Summaries and Brief reports for each island: Maui, Lāna'i, Kaho'olawe, O'ahu, Hawai'i, Kaua'i.

Learning modules - Climate Change Primers

The USDA Forest Service has created comprehensive climate change education modules to help land managers better understand the basic climate change science, the effects of climate change on forest and grassland ecosystems, how we can respond to climate change with management and forest carbon science, policy, and management. Start here to learn about climate change, how it may influence land management, and what options are open to natural resource managers for responding to these changes.

Maine’s Climate Future - 2015 Update

Maine’s Climate Future 2015 builds on the Maine’s Climate Future 2009 report. It is not intended as a comprehensive revision of all aspects of the original report. This update focuses on highlights of our understanding in 2015 of past, present, and future trends in key indicators of a changing climate specific to Maine, and recent examples of how Maine people are experiencing these changes.

Maine’s Climate Future: An Initial Assessment

This report considers past change over geologic time, recent evidence of accelerated rates of change, and the implications of continued climate change in Maine during the 21st century as a result of greenhouse gas emissions and their associated pollutants. Even if a coordinated response succeeds in eliminating excess greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the century, something that appears highly unlikely today, climate change will continue because the elevated levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) can persist in the atmosphere for thousands of years to come.

Mid-Atlantic Climate Change Response Framework

The Mid-Atlantic Framework project is in development. We are bringing together a team of federal, state, and tribal land management organizations, conservation organizations and private forest owners. You can learn more about the activities of the Mid-Atlantic Climate Change Response Framework project by visiting the ForestAdaptation.Org site.

New York Climate Change Science Clearinghouse

This website serves as a regional gateway to data and information relevant to climate change adaptation and mitigation across New York State. It provides climate science data, maps, tools, documents, websites, and other resources for policy makers, practitioners, researchers, and the public, to support scientifically sound and cost-effective decision making. The vision is a dynamic site where users can find information in multiple ways, including through interactive tools that use data from different sources.

North Carolina's Emerging Forest Threats: Management Options for Healthy Forests

Forest landowners are seeing increased pressure from threats like fire, insects, disease, extreme weather, and drought on their land and resources. The last decade has brought record droughts to North Carolina, increasing wildfires, expanding insect and plant invasions, and more intense hurricane and tornado events. However, there are forest management strategies that can be used to decrease the risk from these threats.

Philadelphia Region Urban Forest Impacts and Vulnerability

Urban forests will experience local climate change impacts in the coming decades. A key first step to adapting to these changes is understanding the potential impacts and vulnerabilities of the urban forest. Urban forests play an important role in helping communities adapt to and mitigate climate change because they reduce the urban heat island effect, control storm water, and store carbon.

PINEMAP Decision Support System

Pine Integrated Network: Education, Mitigation, and Adaptation Project (PINEMAP) is a large, collaborative project to study planted loblolly pine forests in the Southeast US. PINEMAP is focused on 20 million acres of planted pine forests that are managed by private landowners from Virginia through Texas. The PINEMAP Decision Support System (DSS) is a suite of tools tailored to the needs of professional foresters in an effort to assist with their decision-making process.

Regional climate trends and scenarios for the U.S. National Climate Assessment: Climate of the Northeast U.S.

This document is one of series of regional climate descriptions designed to provide input that can be used in the development of the National Climate Assessment (NCA). There are two components of these descriptions. One component is a description of the historical climate conditions in the region. The other component is a description of the climate conditions associated with two future pathways of greenhouse gas emissions based on IPCC emission scenarios.

The State of Climate Adaptation in Water Resources Management: Southeastern United States and U.S. Caribbean

EcoAdapt report is to provide a brief overview of key climate change impacts and a review of the prevalent work occurring on climate change adaptation in the Southeastern United States and Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) comprise the U.S. Caribbean region. This report focuses on water resources.

The vulnerabilities of fish and wildlife in the Northeast to climate change

This project completed three assessments of the vulnerability of terrestrial, aquatic, and coastal habitats (ecosystems) to climate change, including sea level rise. One assessment evaluated 13 terrestrial and wetland habitat types, the second evaluated cold water stream habitats, and the third evaluated coastal habitats. A database of coastal climate change projects and tools was also developed.

The Vulnerabilities of Northeastern Fish and Wildlife Habitats to Climate Change

A report to the Northeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the North Atlantic LCC from the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences and the National Wildlife Federation. One of three reports in a series on vulnerabilities to climate change of northeast fish and wildlife habitats.

Using a Riparian Corridor Index to Prioritize Climate Migration Routes in the Pacific Northwest

Habitat suitability in the Pacific Northwest has shifted over the last century forcing organisms to move along climate gradients in order to track the same temperature regime. Riparian habitats have long been cited as a means to facilitate movement of species along these corridors because their microclimates are cooler compared to surrounding areas. Restoring all riparian zones without characterization may overlook some corridors that differ in quality and protection status.

Vermont Climate Change Mapping Tool and Climate Grapher Tool

The State of Vermont is pleased to introduce two new tools developed to help Vermonters explore what climate change will mean for the state and for particular regions and communities. These tools are your gateway to scientifically sound and cost-effective decision-making relevant to climate change in Vermont. Understanding and preparing for those changes is one of the best investments we can make.