Impact Assessment

Climate change impact assessments are used to discover how future changes in atmospheric CO2, temperature, precipitation, and other climatic variables will negatively (or positively) affect the natural environment, agriculture, energy, land and water resources, transportation, human health and welfare, human social systems, and biological diversity. Impact assessments may be conducted at any scale (local-regional-national-international) and may draw upon qualitative synthesis of existing research, or use quantitative model-based analysis. Impact assessments enable managers, decision makers, researchers and stakeholders to begin the process of considering potential responses to climate change impacts. Impact assessments do not explore capacity to adapt in detail (see Vulnerability Assessments). 

Title page of Drought Impacts in the Southern Region

The economic, social, and environmental costs of drought can be significant. To promote stronger drought resilience on federal lands, the National Drought Resilience Partnership was initiated in 2016. As a part of this effort, the U.S. Forest Service conducted a series of...

Drought Impacts in the Southern Region

Climate change impacts to Wisconsin freshwater fish storymap

To explore how fish communities in Wisconsin lakes are expected to change in the future, and examine predictions for individual lakes throughout Wisconsin with an interactive map. This tool is relevant to lakeshed and community managers considering the future of recreation and...

Climate change impacts to Wisconsin freshwater fish

Piñyon decline in the Lincoln National Forest due to drought and insect infestations

The National Drought Resilience Partnership is an effort to promote stronger drought resilience on federal lands. As a part of this effort, the U.S. Forest Service conducted a series of focused workshops across the country to understand the management opportunities and...

Drought Impacts in the Southwestern Region

The economic, social, and environmental costs of drought can be significant, and vulnerability to drought in arid and semi-arid regions will likely increase in the future with a warming climate. To promote stronger drought resilience on federal lands, the National Drought...

Responding to Ecological Drought in the Intermountain Region

mdo-alert

Subscribe to the alert with your area of interest. The Southeast Regional Climate Hub (SERCH) monitors the monthly drought outlook dataset for changes at your area of interest. We send you a summary email notification of any changes.

SERCH LIGHTS Monthly Drought Outlook Email Alert

USDA Forest Service Climate Change Resource Center

The CCRC addresses the land manager's question "What can I do about climate change?" The CCRC provides information about climate change impacts on forests and other ecosystems, and approaches to adaptation and mitigation in forests and grasslands. The website...

USDA Forest Service Climate Change Resource Center

A program to generate high-resolution climate data for climate change studies and applications in British Columbia and western North America

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forecasts-tool

Using projections of future climate, ForeCASTS produces maps that depict future suitable habitat ranges for North American tree species in the United States and globally. These pre-generated maps are available online and are intended to help scientists, land managers, and policy...

ForeCASTS: Forecasts of Climate Associated Shifts in Tree Species

This is a global network providing access to peer practitioners, tools, information and training focused on nature-based solutions to enhance coastal resilience.

Coastal Resilience

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