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Washington Clearinghouse

Federal climate adaptation programs, web resources, guidance, & tools

White House – Climate Change Adaptation Task Force

Report: White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). Progress Report of the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force: Recommended Actions in Support of a National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (October 2010) - a progress report on federal agency actions in support of the national adaptation strategy and recommendations.

Guidance memo: NEPA and climate change guidance: CEQ is leading the development of guidance to agencies for incorporating climate change considerations into National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implementation.

Website: US Global Change Research Program (US GCRP)

Report: Global Climate Change Impacts in the US (2009)

Reports: USGCRP Scientific assessments

Website: National Ocean Council

Guidance: Federal Agency Climate Change Adaptation Planning (March 2011)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) climate page - U.S. Department of Commerce

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is one of the leading agencies studying and modeling the physical climate system, as well as researching and managing coastal and marine resources.

NOAA Regional Climate Science Collaborations: Six Regional Integrated Science and Assessment (RISA) teams will work closely with natural resource managers and land planners, nongovernmental organizations and the private sector within each region of the U.S. to advance new research on how climate variability and change will impact the environment, economy, and society, and develop innovative ways to integrate climate information into decision-making.

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Information and data resource: National Climate Service - NOAA has proposed starting a National Climate Service to provide accessible climate change information to decision-makers and the public.

  • Website: NOAA Climate Service Education page
  • Website: The NOAA Coastal Service Center will likely play a key role in helping coastal communities assess their vulnerability to coastal impacts and begin steps to prioritize and implement adaptation strategies.
  • Website: The NOAA CSC Digital Coast provides the tools, training, and information needed to turn data into the information most needed by coastal resource management professionals.

Report: NOAA Ocean and Coastal Resource Management. Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers (2010)

Website: Coastal Climate Adaptation resource page

Website: NOAA Arctic Report Card

Data and Map Tool: State of the Climate National Overview – National Climatic Data Center

Website: NOAA’s CAPRI project is conducting pilot climate impact assessments in four parts of the Puget Sound region of Washington State (Commencement Bay, Lower Duwamish River, Nisqually Estuary/Olympia, and Snohomish Estuary).

Department of Defense (DOD)

Factsheet: DoD’s Response to Climate Change (2010)

Video: How DoD is Responding to Climate Change

Factsheet: DoD Risk Assessment for Coastal Installations – Department of Defense Legacy Program, Project # 08-410 (2009)

Plan: US Navy Climate Change Roadmap

Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) – Responses to climate change page

Guidance document: USACE sea level rise guidance (2009)

Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS)

Tools and resources: National Institute of Health Climate Change and Human Health website

Report: A Human Health Perspective On Climate Change (2010) by the Interagency Working Group on Climate Change and Health (IWGCCH) including DHHS – National Institute of Environmental Health, CDC, EPA, and NOAA.

Webinar series: Centers for Disease Control Climate Change and Public Health webinar series (2009-2010)

Website: Centers for Disease Control Climate Change and Public Health website

Department of Interior (DOI) - climate change website

Website: Landscape Conservation Cooperatives - LCCs are management-science partnerships that inform integrated resource management actions addressing climate change and other stressors within and across landscapes and habitats. In Washington, there are two LCCs: the North Pacific (covering Western Washington and Puget Sound) and the Great Northern (covering Eastern Washington starting at the Cascade Range).

Website: DOI Climate Science Centers - In September 2010, the US Department of the Interior announced that a partnership between OSU and UW will be the hosts of its Northwest Climate Science Center, one of 8 such centers being established across the nation.

Bureau of Reclamation - climate change website

Report: Climate Change Summary Report - recaps three technical reports that focus on how climate change could impact hydrology and water supplies in the Columbia River Basin and how supply-related impacts may affect how the federal dams are operated in the future. (September 2011)

Report: Secure Water Act Section 9503(c) – Reclamation Climate Change and Water (April 2011)

Factsheet: Columbia River Basin Fact Sheet (April 2011)

Report: Bureau of Reclamation and USACE’s Addressing Climate Change in Long-Term Water Resources Planning and Management: User Needs for Improving Tools and Information (2011)

Report: Literature Synthesis on Climate Change Implications for Reclamation’s Water Resources (2010)

National Park Service (NPS) – climate change response program website

Plan: Climate Change Response Strategy (2010):

Website: NPS Adaptation and Scenario Planning project

Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) – conservation in a changing climate website

Website: National Fish, Wildlife & Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy

Factsheet: Climate Adaptation Strategy Factsheet: Shared solutions to protect shared values

Adaptation Plan: US Fish & Wildlife Service. Rising to the Urgent Challenge: Strategic Plan for Responding to Accelerating Climate Change (2010)

US Geological Service (USGS) - Office of Global Change

Website: National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center

Tool: National Assessment of Coastal Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – climate change website

Website: Climate Ready Estuaries - The Climate Ready Estuaries program works with the National Estuary Programs and other coastal managers to: assess climate change vulnerabilities, develop and implement adaptation strategies, engage and educate stakeholders, and share the lessons learned with other coastal managers.

Website: Climate Ready Water Utilities - EPA's Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) program provides resources for the water sector to develop and implement long-range plans that account for climate change impacts.

Tool: Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) Toolbox: The Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) Toolbox provides access to resources containing climate-related information relevant to the Water Sector.

Website: Global Change Impacts and Adaptation Program

Website: Water Resources Adaptation Program (WRAP)

Website: Climate Change Adaptation – Health and Environmental Effects

Guidance: Excessive Events Guidebook by CDC, EPA, FEMA, and NOAA (2006)

Report: Climate Change Indicators in the U.S. (2010)

Department of Agriculture (USDA) – climate change website

Plan: USDA Climate Change Science Plan (2010)

Forest Service (USFS) – climate change resource center

Website: Forest Service climate change page

Plan: National Roadmap for Responding to Climate Change (2010)

Report: Forest Service Global Change Research Strategy, 2009-2019 (2009)

Plan: Climate Change Strategic Framework, version 1 (2008)

Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Report: Climate Change Adaptation: Information on Selected Federal Efforts to Adapt To a Changing Climate (2009)

Department of Transportation – climate change clearinghouse

Website: DOT Transportation and Climate Change Clearinghouse - formerly the DOT Center for Climate Change and Environmental Forecasting

Website: Federal Highways Administration Climate webpage

Report: Integrating Climate Change into the Transportation Planning Process (2008)

Pilot projects: Assessing Vulnerability and Risk of Climate Change Effects on Transportation Infrastructure (2010-2011)