Adaptation Planning

Climate change is heralding greater variation, intensity, and uncertainty across the country. Many of our farmers, ranchers and land managers are already dealing with severe drought, rising sea levels, increased rainfall, seasonal shifts, invasive pests, and other weather and climate risks. In the face of these current and anticipated climate conditions, taking action to adapt can often help communities protect its citizens, infrastructure, and local economies. The process of evaluating vulnerabilities and prioritizing approaches to manage or minimize the impacts of climate change within an area is known as adaptation planning, and typically results in a public document called an adaptation plan. The following information and resources below can help you and your community get started, today.

Traditional and indigenous knowledge and perspectives have not often been recognized in climate adaptation planning efforts focused on natural resources. The Northern Forests Climate Hub is collaborating with regional tribal partners to address this gap, and collaborating to…

Dibaginjigaadeg Anishinaabe Ezhitwaad - A Tribal Climate Adaptation Menu and resources.   Climate change has impacted and will continue to impact indigenous peoples, their lifeways and culture, and the natural world upon which they rely, in unpredictable and potentially…

The Environmental Law & Policy Center, in concert with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, commissioned the following scientists and experts to produce this report to educate policymakers and the public about the significant changes affecting the Great Lakes, and the…

A project designed to build a virtual consortium of Masters and Doctoral students working on climate adaptation in agriculture and forestry. Nominated by a university partner within the USDA Northeast Climate Hub network, GradCAP scholars work with Climate Hub leadership,…

This report details the findings from the USDA Northeast Climate Hub's Capacity Discovery project.  Implemented in spring 2015, an online survey led by Pennsylvania State University and Cornell University established the current and future capacity of land-grant universities in…

Changes in climate and extreme weather are already increasing challenges for agriculture. This technical bulletin was developed specifically to meet the unique needs of agricultural producers, and provide educators and service providers in the Midwest and Northeast regions of…

This growing network of climate-informed demonstration sites is designed to take you to the field and make you feel 'As If You Were There.' Field tours are a powerful teacher because they are an ideal way to see how farm and forestry practices work in the real world. Consider…

As the climate continues to warm, both the rainfall intensity and total amount of rainfall from large storms are projected to increase. Hurricane Sandy is just one example of how these extreme rain events can impact a region.The people who live on the Rockaway…