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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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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

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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

Resource Category: Planning

 

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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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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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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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Analysis of Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Wildlife Habitat in the U.S.

October 31, 2008

This report, from the Wildlife Habitat Policy Research Program (WHPRP) and the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station, was created as guidance for state agencies to effectively factor climate change into their State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs). The primary objective of this project was to develop methods and analyses to provide to state wildlife agencies with information on the magnitude of projected impacts of climate change on terrestrial wildlife habitats and viable options for minimizing those impacts.

Related Organizations: USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station

Authors or Affiliated Users: Marni Koopman, Linda A. Joyce, Curtis H. Flather

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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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Climate Change Preparation Planning on National Landscape Conservation System Lands

January 2010

The National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) is a collection of BLM lands which are mandated to protect specific resources, including  natural, cultural, geologic, scenic, scientific, and recreational resources, found within their boundaries. Several agencies, including the BLM and the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service, are mandated by DOI Secretarial Order 3289 to "consider and analyze potential climate change impacts when undertaking long-range planning exercises, setting priorities for scientific research, developing multi-year management plans, and making major decisions about the potential use of resources under the Department's purview.

Related Organizations: Geos Institute

Author or Affiliated User: Marni Koopman

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Climate Change Preparation Planning on National Landscape Conservation System Lands: Recommendations for Direction and Approach

January 2010

This report provides specific recommendations are provided for Conservation System managers as they incorporate climate change impacts into planning documents and management strategies. The guidance was designed to help agencies, primarily the Bureau of Land Management, to develop planning frameworks that were to be implemented starting in 2010.

Related Organizations: National Center for Conservation Science and Policy

Author or Affiliated User: Marni E. Koopman

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Climate Change and Forests of the Future: Managing in the Face of Uncertainty

2007

This article offers a conceptual framework for managing forested ecosystems given the uncertainty of the impacts of climate change. The article addresses both mitigation and adaptation strategies. The adaptation strategies presented include resistance options (forestall impacts and protect highly valued resources), resilience options (improve the capacity of ecosystems to return to desired conditions after disturbance), and response options (facilitate transition of ecosystems from current to new conditions).

Related Organizations: University of California, Berkeley, Ecological Society of America (ESA), USFS Pacific Southwest Research Station, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Constance I. Millar, Nathan L. Stephenson, Scott L. Stephens

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