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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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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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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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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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NatureServe Climate Change Vulnerability Index

April 2011

The NatureServe Climate Change Vulnerability Index (CCVI) can help identify plant and animal species that are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Using the Index, information is readily available about a species' natural history, distribution and landscape circumstances to predict whether it will likely suffer habitat loss, population reductions, or both during the coming years. CCVI can be used as part of a variety of analyses, including assessing the relative risk of species listed in State Wildlife Action Plans or part of any assessment of the vulnerability of species to climate change.

Related Organizations: NatureServe

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Ecological Impacts of Climate Change

2009

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

Related Organizations: National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences

Author or Affiliated User: Javier Saborio

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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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)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Responding to Climate Change in National Forests: A Guidebook for Developing Adaptation Options

November 2011

Developed by the United States Forest Service (USFS), this guidebook summarizes current knowledge on climate change adaptation and provides science-based tools and processes to guide adaptation planning in national forests. Targeted towards resource managers and planners, the guidebook focuses on topics and approaches related to "climate-smart" resource management on federal lands.

Related Organizations: USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station, U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

Authors or Affiliated Users: David L. Peterson, Constance I. Millar, Linda A. Joyce, Michael J. Furniss, Jessica E. Halofsky, Ronald P. Neilson, Toni Lyn Morelli

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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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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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