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Biodiversity and Ecosystems Planning Guides

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

Resource Category: Planning

 

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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

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Adapting Governance to Climate Change: Managing Uncertainty Through a Learning Infrastructure

2009

This report addresses the challenges and limitations of natural resource governance to cope with the effects of climate change, and highlights uncertainty as limiting the capacity for advancing adaptation measures.   It recommends that legislators adopt an “adaptive governance” - the systematic assessment and adaptation of management decisions and regulatory programs. The article also proposes a comprehensive strategy for managing uncertainty by promoting a "learning infrastructure. " With this strategy, legislators establish and promote use of a shared information infrastructure that provides regulators opportunities to learn from the knowledge and experience of other regulators and respond to rapid changes in natural systems, scientific knowledge, and technology.

Author or Affiliated User: Alejandro E. Camacho

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Stormy Seas: Land Trusts Navigate the Uncertainties Surrounding Climate Change

2009

This three-page article reviews the ways that climate change mitigation activities and adaptation strategies may connect to the core work of land trusts - particularly land acquisition and stewardship. This paper provides a basic framework that land trusts can use to decide whether they might integrate climate considerations into their activities and general guidelines in order to do so. .

Related Organizations: Land Trust Alliance

Author or Affiliated User: Brad Gentry

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Ecological Impacts of Climate Change

2009

Developed by the National Academies of Sciences, this site links to the full report titled, "Ecological Impacts of Climate Change," written by the Committee on Ecological Impacts of Climate Change, and the 28 page companion illustrated booklet.

Related Organizations: The National Academies, National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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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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A Framework for Categorizing the Relative Vulnerability of Threatened and Endangered Species to Climate Change (External Review Draft)

November 2009

The framework presented in this report may be used to categorize the relative vulnerability of species to climate change. There are four modules that compose this framework. These modules walk the user through a systematic process for (1) categorizing a species’ baseline vulnerability to extinction or major population reduction, (2) categorizing a species’ vulnerability to future climate change, (3) developing a matrix that provides an overall score of the species’ vulnerability to non-climate and climate change stressors, and (4) qualitatively determining the uncertainty in the estimate of a species’ vulnerability.

Related Organizations: National Center for Environmental Assessment, Manomet Center For Conservation Sciences, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Hector Galbraith, Jeff Price

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Flood Frequency Estimates for New England River Restoration Projects: Considering Climate Change in Project Design

2011

Prepared by the NOAA Fisheries Service, this 2011 flood frequency brief and provides guidance for incorporating climate change into river restoration projects. The report explains recent climate and streamflow research, helping river restoration practitioners on improving estimates of flood frequency and magnitude for project design. The document focuses on New England, but is applicable as general guidance for the entire northeastern United States.

Related Organizations: NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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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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