State Wetland Climate Change Adaptation Summaries

From the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM), this website provides a comprehensive review of climate change adaptation measures related to natural resources, plants and wildlife - with a specific emphasis on wetlands. An interactive map of the U.S. allows the user to select a state for more information on statewide planning, policy, and tools, along with associated web links. 

ASWM queried the 50 states for information on any wetland-related climate change adaptation efforts they have initiated as of 2010. These summaries are updated on an ongoing basis as information about new tools and adaptation planning becomes available for each state, and have been updated in 2013.

Wetlands are a profoundly diverse category of ecosystems, and climate change impacts will be different from one state to another. In addition, states vary in the activities they have undertaken in response to climate change, to date. In order to help users find the most relevant data, ASWM has categorized state actions and perceived threats from climate change including: sea level rise, threat to water supply or water quality, storm surge or extreme weather events, drought, or threat to wildlife or habitat. The state actions are categorized by: adaptation planning in progress, completed, or includes wetlands; completed plan includes wetlands; studies in progress or completed; or state is engaged in monitoring. Supporting data can be searched by use of any of these categorizations.  

The Association of State Wetland Managers is a nonprofit membership organization established in 1983 to promote and enhance protection and management of wetland resources, to promote application of sound science to wetland management efforts and to provide training and education for our members and the public.

Publication Date: 2013

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  • Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM)


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