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). 

Uses fuels data classified as fuelbeds to let users perform a variety of calculations related to fire behavior and emissions. These include predicting surface and crown fire behavior, fuel consumption, pollutant emissions (including carbon emissions), and heat release. The FFT...

U.S. Forest Service: Fuel and Fire Tools (FFT)

Provide resources and adaptation strategies for land managers that have been vetted by scientists and land managers in other areas.

Adaptation Partners: Climate Change Adaptation Library

Alaska is at the forefront of experiencing the effects of climate change as it has warmed twice as fast as the contiguous US. Sea ice, glaciers and permafrost are melting, spring snowmelt is occurring earlier, river ice break-up is happening earlier; all of this affects local...

Alaska and a Changing Climate

Regional Assessments Colorado Climate Plan (2015) The Colorado Climate Plan is a statewide strategy of policy recommendations and actions to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and to increase Colorado’s level of preparedness. The Colorado Climate Plan focuses on seven main...

Colorado Climate Plan 2015 Regional Assessment

Northern Plains Climate Hub (NPCH) Vulnerability Assessment The Northern Plains has experienced increased weather variability and climatic changes throughout the 20th and early 21st centuries. The NPCH Vulnerability Assessment of Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation and...

Northern Plains Climate Hub (NPCH) Vulnerability Assessment

Cows on pasture at Shelburne Farms in Vermont

The climate in the Northeast U.S. has been changing. Winters have been getting warmer and heavy rainstorms are becoming much more common.  Many longtime farmers feel that the seasons have shifted, and the latest climate models indicate that these changes are likely to continue....

Agricultural Vulnerabilities in the Northeast

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