A wide and growing variety of websites, reports, programs, 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.
- The President’s Climate Action Plan: On June 25, 2013, President Obama announced his comprehensive plan to reduce carbon pollution, move our economy toward American-made clean energy sources, and begin to slow the effects of climate change.
- Climate Change Executive Order: President Obama signed an Executive Order on November 1st, 2013 to direct Federal agencies to take a series of steps to make it easier for American communities to strengthen their resilience to extreme weather and prepare for other impacts of climate change.
- 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.
- National Climate Assessment: The third National Climate Assessment (NCA) was released in May of 2014. This comprehensive report provides an in-depth look at climate change impacts on the U.S. It details the multitude of ways climate change is already affecting and will increasingly affect the lives of Americans.
- Landscape Conservation Cooperatives: Landscape conservation cooperatives, or LCCs, are self-directed, applied conservation science partnerships that support conservation at landscape scales.
- 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.
- America’s Climate Choices: The National Research council of the National Academies is conducting a series of coordinated activities designed to advance the US response to climate change.
- National Ocean Policy: A July 2010 Executive Order established a National Ocean Policy and tasked the interagency National Ocean Council with developing this strategic action plan, released in 2013.
- NOAA Climate.gov: The NOAA Climate.gov 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.
- Environmental Protection Agency: The EPA provides a good overview of climate adaptation as well as links to related resources and materials.
- 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. Work on the Fifth Assessment Report will be finalized by October 2014.
- 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.
A number of additional publications and reports relevant to the development of the Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy are below. These resources come from a variety of sources, and may help to provide background and context for this effort.
Key Federal Efforts:
- NEW: Third National Climate Assessment
- Climate and other scenarios produced as input to the U.S. National Climate Assessment
- Technical Inputs to the National Climate Assessment
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Strategic Plan for Responding to Accelerating Climate Change
- U.S. Forest Service’s Strategic Framework for Responding to Climate Change
- National Park Service’s Climate Change Response Strategy
Selected State Efforts:
- California Climate Adaptation Strategy
- Florida’s Resilient Coasts
- A Framework for Climate Change Adaptation in Hawaii
- Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Report
- New York Interim Climate Action Plan
- Oregon: Climate Ready Communities
- Pennsylvania Climate Adaptation Planning Report
- Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts