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.

Consequences of climate change for biotic disturbances in North American forests

Potential effects of climate change and rising CO2 on ecosystem processes in northeastern U.S. forests

21st century projections of snowfall and winter severity across central-eastern North America

21st century Wisconsin snow projections based on an operational snow model driven by statistically downscaled climate data

Adaptation resources for agriculture: responding to climate variability and change in the Midwest and Northeast.

An indicator of tree migration in forests of the eastern United States

Assessing the vulnerability of urban forests to climate change

Assessment of drought due to historic climate variability and projected future climate change in the Midwestern United States

Causes of Observed Changes in Extremes and Projections of Future Changes

Central Appalachian Climate Change Response Framework

A vulnerability assessment is in press for this region, and we will update the website when it becomes available. For more information the Central Appalachians area please visit ForestAdaptation.org.

Central Appalachians Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment

Central Hardwoods Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis

Central-Eastern North American Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs)

Changes in forest biomass and tree species distribution under climate change in the northeastern United States

Changes in intense precipitation over the central United States

Changing climate, changing forests: Impacts of climate change on forests of the northeastern United States and eastern Canada

Changing climate, changing forests: The impacts of climate change on forests of the northeastern United States and eastern Canada

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. We used this information to inform models of habitat suitability for trees native to the area. Projected shifts in plant hardiness and heat zones were used to understand how nonnative species and cultivars may tolerate future conditions.

Climate and hydrological changes in the northeastern United States

Climate change adaptation framework: Full report

Climate Change Adaptation Options for Toronto’s Urban Forest

Climate change and agriculture in the United States: effects and adaptation.

Climate change and biodiversity in Maine: vulnerability of habitats and priority species

Climate Change and Cold Water Fish Habitat in the Northeast: A Vulnerability Assessment

Climate Change and Disruptions to Global Fire Activity

Climate change and evolutionary adaptation

Climate change and forest diseases

Climate Change and Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife

The Climate Change and Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife reports address the main adaptation issues facing planners and conservation managers in the state and are designed to be supplementary materials to the existing State Wildlife Action Plan

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 Atlas

Climate change in the Champlain Basin: What natural resource managers can expect and do

Climate change in the Champlain Basin: What natural resource managers can expect and do

Climate change increases risk of plant invasion in the Eastern United States

Climate Change Projections for the United States Midwest

Climate change vulnerabilities within the forestry sector for the Midwestern United States

Climate change vulnerability assessment of the urban forest in three Canadian cities

Climate Wizard

Climate-Smart Conservation: Putting adaptation principles into practice

Coastal sensitivity to sea-level rise: a focus on the Mid-Atlantic region

Confronting climate change in the U.S. Northeast: Science, impacts, and solutions

Synthesis report of the Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment (NECIA)

Confronting Climate Change in the U.S. Northeast: Science, Impacts, and Solutions.

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. Vermont Climate Assessment: Considering Vermont's Future in a Changing Climate (PDF Download Available). Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/273119809_Vermont_Climate_Assessment_Considering_Vermont's_Future_in_a_Changing_Climate [accessed Jan 22, 2016].

Creating and Maintaining Resilient Forests in Vermont: Adapting Forests to Climate Change

Ecological Lessons from Free-Air CO2 Enrichment (FACE) Experiments

Ecological Subregions of the United States

This resource provides biophysical descriptions for ecological units of the United States

Ecological Systems of the United States

Nearly 600 terrestrial ecological systems in the United States, southern Alaska, and adjacent areas of Mexico and Canada are summarized in this report, which introduces and outlines the conceptual basis for a mid-scale classification unit: the ecological system

Effects of climate on occurrence and size of large fires in a northern hardwood landscape: historical trends, forecasts, and implications for climate change in Temiscamingue, Quebec

Effects of Climate Variability and Change on Forest Ecosystems: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis for the U.S. Forest Sector.

Energy saving potentials and air quality benefits of urban heat island mitigation

First-year seedlings and climate change: species-specific responses of 15 North American tree species

Five potential consequences of climate change for invasive species

Flooding and Its Effect on Trees

Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment for northern Wisconsin and western Upper Michigan

Forest Types of the United States

As a part of the 1997 Resource Planning Act Assessment, FIA collaborated with the US Geological Survey to update the 'Forest Types of the United States" map last published in 1993.

Future Fire Probability Modeling with Climate Change Data and Physical Chemistry

How fast and far might tree species migrate in the eastern United States due to climate change?

Impacts of climate change on fire activity and fire management in the circumboreal forest

Impacts of future climate change on soil frost in the midwestern United States

Influence of climate model biases and daily-scale temperature and precipitation events on hydrological impacts assessment: A case study of the United States

Interactive effects of global warming and ‘global worming’ on the initial establishment of native and exotic herbaceous plant species

LCC Statistical Downscaling

LCC Statistical Downscaling: Michigan

Lessons Learned from the Urban Forestry Climate Change Response Framework

Long-term integrated studies show complex and surprising effects of climate change in the northern hardwood forest

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.

Michigan Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment

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.

Minnesota Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment

Modeling Forest Mortality Caused by Drought Stress: Implications for Climate Change

Monitoring & Evaluation in Climate Change Adaptation Projects: Highlights for Conservation Practitioners

A brief summary of current thinking on the monitoring and evaluation of climate adaptation projects, and point readers towards additional resources.

MyLandPlan.org

This website is designed to help landowners develop forest management goals and objectives for their property.

National Climate Assessment - Ecosystems

Chapter 8 of the NCA addresses climate change impacts on natural ecosystems, biodiversity, and ecosystem services across the United States.

National Climate Assessment - Forestry

Chapter 7 of the 2014 National Climate Assessment summarizes how climate will impact forests.

National Climate Assessment - Hawaii and Pacific Islands

National Climate Assessment - Northeast

Chapter 16 of the NCA addresses climate change impacts in the Northeast United States.

National Climate Assessment - Our Changing Climate

Chapter 2 of the NCA addresses climate change trends across the United States.

National Climate Assessment – Adaptation

Chapter 28 of the National Climate Assessment addresses adaptation principles.

National Climate Assessment – Alaska

Chapter 22 of the National Climate Assessment addresses climate change impacts in the Alaskan region.

National Climate Assessment – Great Plains

Chapter 19 of the National Climate Assessment addresses climate change impacts in the Great Plains region.

National Climate Assessment – Midwest

Chapter 18 of the National Climate Assessment addresses climate change impacts in the Midwest region.

National Climate Assessment – Northeast

Chapter 16 of the National Climate Assessment addresses climate change impacts in the Northeast region.

National Climate Assessment – Northwest

Chapter 21 of the National Climate Assessment addresses climate change impacts in the Northwest region.

National Climate Assessment – Southeast

Chapter 17 of the National Climate Assessment addresses climate change impacts in the Southeast region.

National Climate Assessment – Southwest

Chapter 20 of the National Climate Assessment addresses climate change impacts in the Southwest region.

National Climate Assessment – Water

Chapter 3 of the National Climate Assessment addresses climate change impacts to water resources across the United States.

New England and New York forest ecosystem vulnerability assessment and synthesis: a report from the New England Climate Change Response Framework

New England Climate Change Response Framework

The New England Climate Change Response Framework is in development. We are bringing together a team of federal, state, and tribal land management organizations, conservation organizations and private forest owners.

New Hampshire Ecosystems and Wildlife Climate Change Adaptation Plan

This 2013 Adaptation Plan from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (NHFG) is an amendment to New Hampshire’s 2005 Wildlife Action Plan (WAP), which even then acknowledged climate change as a primary challenge for the state’s ecosystems and wildlife.

NOAA National Centers For Environmental Information, State Climate Summary: Maine

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, State Summary: Connecticut

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, State Summary: Delaware

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, State Summary: Maryland

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, State Summary: Massachusetts

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, State Summary: New Hampshire

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, State Summary: New Jersey

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, State Summary: New York

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, State Summary: Pennsylvania

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, State Summary: Rhode Island

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, State Summary: Vermont

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, State Summary: West Virginia

Northeast habitat guides: A companion to the terrestrial and aquatic habitat maps.

Northeast Regional Climate Hub Assessment of Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies

Past and future changes in climate and hydrological indicators in the US Northeast

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. The tools in the PINEMAP DSS use climate data and regional productivity models to explore the relationships between pine trees and climate.

Plant Hardiness Zone Map - What's New

Probabilistic 21st and 22nd century sea-level projections at a global network of tide-gauge sites

Projected Changes in Climate Extremes over the Northeastern United States

Projected changes in drought occurrence under future global warming from multi-model, multi-scenario, IPCC AR4 simulations

Projected future temperature and precipitation extremes in Chicago

Recovery dynamics and climate change effects to future New England forests

Regional climate change projections for Chicago and the US Great Lakes

Regional climate change projections of streamflow characteristics in the Northeast and Midwest US

Regional Climate Trends and Scenarios for the U.S. National Climate Assessment - Alaska

Regional Climate Trends and Scenarios for the U.S. National Climate Assessment - Climate of the U.S. Great Plains

Regional Climate Trends and Scenarios for the U.S. National Climate Assessment - Hawaii and Pacific Islands

Regional Climate Trends and Scenarios for the U.S. National Climate Assessment - Northwest

Regional Climate Trends and Scenarios for the U.S. National Climate Assessment - Southeast

Regional Climate Trends and Scenarios for the U.S. National Climate Assessment - Southwest

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

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.

Report to the NEAFWA vulnerability assessment expert panel: exposure information

Responding to Climate Change in New York State

This 2013 Adaptation Plan from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (NHFG) is an amendment to New Hampshire’s 2005 Wildlife Action Plan (WAP), which even then acknowledged climate change as a primary challenge for the state’s ecosystems and wildlife.

Response diversity, ecosystem change, and resilience

Responses of insect pests, pathogens, and invasive plant species to climate change in the forests of northeastern North America: What can we predict?

Running to stand still: adaptation and the response of plants to rapid climate change

Scanning the Conservation Horizon - A guide to climate change vulnerability assessment

Sebago Lake Watershed, Maine: Climate Change Adaptation Plan

Snow occurrence changes over the central and eastern United States under future warming scenarios

TACCIMO - Template for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options

TACCIMO contains a large catalog of peer-reviewed research on climate impacts, which is searchable according to regions and topics.

Ten-Year Urban Forestry Action Plan: 2016 -2026

The Demise of Fire and “Mesophication” of Forests in the Eastern United States

The effect of urbanization on floods of different recurrence interval

The impacts of climate change on Connecticut agriculture, infrastructure, natural resources, and public health.

The impacts of climate change on Connecticut agriculture, infrastructure, natural resources, and public health.

Climate change assessment for the state of Connecticut, with some description of natural resource concerns.

The influence of land use and climate change on forest biomass and composition in Massachusetts, USA

The New Hampshire climate action plan: a plan for New Hampshire’s energy, environmental and economic development future

The Potential Impact of Regional Climate Change on Fire Weather in the United States

The road to a thoughtful street tree master plan

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.

The Vulnerabilities of Northeastern Fish and Wildlife Habitats to Sea Level Rise

Trends in Extreme Precipitation for the Northeast United States, 1948-2007

Trophic cascades, invasive species and body-size hierarchies interactively modulate climate change responses of ecotonal temperate–boreal forest

Urban Forest Climate Adaptation Framework for Metro Vancouver: Tree Species Selection, Planting and Management

Urban Forest Management Plan Toolkit

This website provides a “how-to” approach to develop an Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP). The toolkit will lead you through a planning process.

Urban Forests and Climate Change

A topic page on the US Forest Service Climate Change Resource Center website.

Urban trees and forests of the Chicago region

Vermont Climate Change Adaptation Framework Report

The report provides information about climate change in Vermont as it relates to natural resources and to propose a strategic framework for continued climate change vulnerability assessment and action planning.

Where has all the white oak gone?

Wildlife Working Group Report