Shared solutions to protect shared values

  • Children with fish. Photo by Carl Zitsman / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Canada lynx. Photo by Hal Brindley
  • Coral reef. Photo by Alaska Department of Fish and Game

A wide and growing variety of websites, tools, and other resources are available to help guide and orient managers and the public to all aspects of climate change impacts and adaptation planning. We have attempted to collect a selection of key resources that may be especially relevant to the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation effort, but this list is not intended to be comprehensive.

Online Resources:

  • Climate Resilience Toolkit: The Administration recently announced new tools to help communities contend with climate impacts through the web-based toolkit. The Toolkit provides resources and a framework for understanding and addressing the climate issues that impact people and their communities.
  • The Administration has also made new data and resources available through this online portal, including data related to climate change that can help inform and prepare America’s communities, businesses, and citizens. Initial data includes resources related to coastal flooding, food resilience, water and ecosystem vulnerability.
  • U.S. Global Change Research Program: The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) coordinates and integrates federal research on changes in the global environment and their implications for society. The USGCRP began as a presidential initiative in 1989 and was mandated by Congress in the Global Change Research Act of 1990.
  • National Climate Assessment: The USGCRP regularly conducts a comprehensive National Assessment of climate impacts and response options every four years as required by law. The 2014 National Assessment summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. A team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel of the National Academy of Sciences. This report will be the scientific basis for future revisions of the Strategy.
  • NOAA This web portal promotes public understanding of climate science by providing services for a climate-smart nation, including a large and diverse portfolio of climate data and information that is easy to access and use for decision-making. It also provides climate-related support to the private sector and the nation’s economy, and quick access to data and information for individuals with specific questions.
  • USFS Climate Change Resource Center: The Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) is a web-based, national resource that connects land managers and decisionmakers with useable science to address climate change in planning and application.
  • IPCC: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the definitive scientific intergovernmental body tasked with reviewing and assessing the most recent scientific, technical and socio-economic information produced worldwide relevant to the understanding of climate change.
  • Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE): CAKE is a joint project of Island Press and EcoAdapt. It is aimed at building a shared knowledge base for managing natural systems in the face of rapid climate change, and includes a large database of adaptation case studies, reports, and tools, as well as links to federal, state, and local adaptation plans.

Climate Change Partnerships and Regional Efforts

  • Landscape Conservation Cooperatives: Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) are self-directed, applied conservation science partnerships intended to drive successful conservation at landscape scales. Collectively they create a national network of interdependent partnerships between federal agencies, states, tribes, NGOs, universities and other entities to inform resource management decisions around national-scale stressors, including climate change.
  • Climate Science Centers: Regional Climate Science Centers provide scientific information, tools and techniques that land, water, wildlife and cultural resource managers can apply to anticipate, monitor and adapt to climate and ecologically-driven responses at regional-to-local scales.
  • NOAA RISAs: NOAA’s Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program supports research teams that help expand and build the nation's capacity to prepare for and adapt to climate variability and change. 
  • USDA Climate Hubs: USDA’s regional hubs will deliver information to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to help them adapt to climate change and weather variability. The Hubs will build capacity within USDA to provide information and guidance on technologies and risk management practices at regional and local scales.