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This tab includes guides to help practitioners conduct an adaptation plan assessing impacts to ecosystems and biodiversity. 

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Considering Climate Change in Florida’s State Wildlife Action Planning: A Spatial Resilience Planning Approach

2011

Conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and commissioned by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), this study piloted a new approach to incorporating climate change into wildlife conservation planning through a "spatial resilience planning" method. The method was tested, and recommendations developed, through a series of workshops with Florida species experts and wildlife managers that focused first on revising impact assessments for each species. Priority management actions and spatially specific planning options were then developed for each species under various climate change scenarios.

Related Organizations: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Michael Flaxman, Juan Carlos Vargas-Moreno

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A Guide to Climate-Smart Meadow Restoration in the Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascades

May 2019

This handbook was designed to support climate-smart meadow restoration projects in the mountain meadows of northern California. The report offers guidance on incorporating climate change impacts into a meadow vulnerability assessment, and adaptive measures into restoration planning and design. The report describes how to conduct a vulnerability assessment, and how to apply Point Blue’s climate-smart restoration principles to address those vulnerabilities with adaptation measures. The guide describes desired meadow restoration outcomes, climate projections for the Sierra Nevada region, and includes a summary of a climate vulnerability assessment for four riparian meadow restoration projects in the northern Sierra and southern Cascades.

Related Organizations: Point Blue Conservation Science (PRBO)

Author or Affiliated User: Marian Vernon

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Scanning the Conservation Horizon: A Guide to Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

2011

This report from the National Wildlife Federation is designed to assist fish and wildlife managers and other conservation and resource professionals to better plan, execute, and interpret vulnerability assessments in support of wildlife conservation and ecosystem-based adaptation.   Key steps for assessing ecosystems, habitats and species vulnerability to climate change are described. This guidance material details various approaches for assessing sensitivity, exposure, and adaptive capacity, at each of these biological levels.

Related Organizations: National Wildlife Federation

Author or Affiliated User: Patty Glick

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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A Method to Assess Climate-Relevant Decisions: Applications in the Chesapeake Bay (External Review Draft)

June 2010

The goals of EPA’s Global Change Research Program (GCRP) are to assess the potential effects of climate change on water quality, air quality, ecosystem health, and human health, and to provide decision makers with information and tools that enable them to incorporate considerations of climate change into their decision making processes.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ICF International

Authors or Affiliated Users: Susan H. Julius, Britta G. Bierwagen, Chris Pyke, J. Randall Freed, Susan Asam

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Managing Climate Change Refugia for Climate Adaptation

August 10, 2016

Supported by the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CALCC) and the Southwest Climate Science Center, the study "Managing Climate Change Refugia for Climate Adaptation” provides specific steps to help identify and manage climate refugia - or resilient and climate-stable havens for plants, animals, and fishes.   Climate change refugia, here defined as “areas relatively buffered from contemporary climate change over time that enable persistence of valued physical, ecological, and socio-cultural resources” - need to be identified, managed, and conserved for at-risk species.

Related Organizations: Department of the Interior (DOI): California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center

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NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy Regional Action Plans

December 2016

NOAA Fisheries and its partners have developed six Regional Action Plans to guide implementation of the NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy for each region (Northeast, Southeast, Gulf of Mexico, Alaska, Western, Pacific Islands).  The regional plans identify the priority actions that NOAA Fisheries and affiliated agencies plan to take over the next five years to implement the seven objectives of the Strategy. The actions are focused on tracking changing conditions including climate impacts, and identifying the best strategies to reduce impacts and sustain marine resources.

Related Organizations: NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

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U.S. State Wildlife Action Plans, Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategies

In 2002 Congress began funding the State Wildlife Grants program with the intent to conserve wildlife in the U.S. and in particular to prevent new listings of endangered species under the provisions of the Endangered Species Act. The State Wildlife Grants program provides federal grant funds for developing and implementing programs that benefit wildlife and their habitats through annual appropriations to state wildlife agencies.

Related Organizations: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

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Adaptation Workbook: A Climate Change Tool for Forest Management and Conservation

Created by the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, this resource is used to create detailed land management adaptation plans customized to a user’s property. The structured process considers the potential effects of climate change on forest ecosystems and outlines conservation actions that can help prepare for changing conditions. The interactive and self-guided Workbook is compatible for a wide range of geographic locations, scales, forest types, management goals, and ownership types; it can be used by forest and natural resource managers as well as any landowner with knowledge about local ecosystems.

Related Organizations: Michigan Technological University, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS), U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

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

May 2015

The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation assessed the impacts of climate change on forests throughout the state, and developed the state’s first guide to forest adaptation. The report provides forest practitioners with a comprehensive review of adaptation strategies for current and projected climate change, as well as many policy-level strategies have been included in recognition of the connections between statewide policy and forest management.

Related Organizations: Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation

Authors or Affiliated Users: James Horton, Matthew Langlais, Timothy Morton, David Paganelli, Nancy Patch, Sandra Wilmot

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Being Prepared for Climate Change: EPA Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans

August 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Workbook for climate adaptation planning presents a risk management methodology with step-by-step guidance on building a climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation action plan. The guidance provides decision-support tools for conducting vulnerability assessments at a watershed scale, and will help environmental managers to establish climate change adaptation priorities and strategies to prepare a risk-based adaptation plan.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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