Adaptation Database and Planning Tool (ADAPT)

Online tool that guides local government users through ICLEI’s “Five Milestones for Climate Adaptation”...

Author: ICLEI

Date published: Ongoing

Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE)

Aimed at building a shared knowledge base for managing natural systems in the face of climate change, this...

Author: Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE)

Date published: Ongoing

Climate Change Resource Directory

Directory of resources to help local governments plan and implement climate change adaptation strategies....

Author: Environmental Finance Center Network

Date published: 2012

Climate Ready Estuaries

The Climate Ready Estuaries (CRE) program works with coastal managers to: 1) assess climate change...

Author: US EPA  

Date published: Ongoing

Coastal Sensitivity to Sea Level Rise: A Focus on the Mid-Atlantic Region

Examines the effects of sea level rise on coastal communities and opportunities to prepare for those...

Author: US EPA, NOAA, USGS

Date published: 2009

Creating Resilient Water Utilities

EPA's CRWU initiative provides drinking water, wastewater and stormwater utilities with practical tools,...

Author: US EPA  

Date published: Ongoing

Critical Facilities Flood Exposure Tool

Provides an initial assessment of a community’s critical facilities and roads that lie within the 1% annual...

Author: NOAA Coastal Services Center

Date published: Ongoing

Financing the Resilient City: A demand driven approach to development, disaster risk reduction, and climate adaptation

Provides a conceptual framework for better understanding how to integrate climate and other risk reduction...

Author: ICLEI

Date published: 2011

ICLEI Climate Adaptation Guidance

Website with resources for local governments undertaking adaptation, including free adaptation resources,...

Author: ICLEI

Date published: Ongoing

ICLEI Climate Resilient Communities Program

Comprehensive, national climate adaptation program tailored to local governments. ICLEI member local...

Author: ICLEI

Date published: Ongoing

National Climate Assessment Report

Assesses the impacts of climate change on the US, including on specific sectors such as energy, water and land...

Author: US Global Change Research Program

Date published: 2014

Adaptation Clearinghouse

An online database and networking site that serves policymakers and others who are working to help communities...

Author: Georgetown Climate Center

Date published: Ongoing

Adaptation Options for Climate-Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources

Provides a preliminary review of adaptation options for climate-sensitive ecosystems and resources in the...

Author: US Climate Change Science Program

Date published: 2008

Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers

Helps state and territorial coastal managers develop and implement adaptation plans to reduce the impacts and...

Author: NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management

Date published: 2011

America's Climate Choices: Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change

Calls for a national adaptation strategy to support and coordinate decentralized efforts.  Recommendations...

Author: National Research Council

Date published: 2010

City of Lewes Hazard Mitigation and Adaptation Action Plan

This Hazard Mitigation and Adaptation Action Plan from the City of Lewes, Deleware, serves as a good model of...

Author: City of Lewes, DE

Date published: 2011

Climate Change Handbook for Regional Water Planning

Provides a framework for considering climate change in water management planning.  Key decision considerations...

Author: EPA

Date published: 2011

Climate Change Indicators in the United States

Presents 24 indicators that show trends related to the causes and effects of climate change.  Most of the...

Author: US EPA

Date published: 2010

Climate Ready Estuaries Program Synthesis of Adaptation Options for Coastal Areas

Introduces key physical impacts of climate change on estuaries and reviews on-the-ground adaptation options...

Author: Climate Ready Estuaries Program, US EPA

Date published: 2009

Climate Resilience Evaluation & Awareness Tool (CREAT)

An interactive software tool designed for water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities to assess the risk of...

Author: US EPA

Date published: Ongoing

Climate.gov

Promotes public understanding of climate science and climate-related events through videos, stories, images, and data visualizations. The site'...

Author: NOAA  

Date published: Ongoing

ClimateWizard

Enables technical and non-technical audiences to access climate change information and visualize impacts...

Author: The Nature Conservancy

Date published: Ongoing

Coastal Inundation Mapping Guidebook

Provides guidance on how to prepare coastal inundation maps, including preparing data, modeling water levels,...

Author: NOAA Coastal Services Center

Date published: 2009

Connecting CSO Abatement and Sustainability Planning

Describes the experience of communities around the country that have explicitly or implicitly connected...

Author: Environmental Finance Center Network

Date published: 2014

Flood Loss Avoidance Benefits of Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Management

Analyzes and quantifies the potential flood loss avoidance impacts of distributed stormwater control using...

Author: Atkins, US EPA

Date published: 2015

Getting Smart About Climate Change

Outlines nine strategies for successfully applying smart growth principles to climate concerns on the local...

Author: International City/County Management Association and the Smart Growth Network

Date published: 2011

Guidebook of Financial Tools: Paying for Environmental Systems

Provides an overview of financial options available to fund local environmental programs, including climate...

Author: US EPA

Date published: 2008

Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect Our Waters

This document provides guidance and information for developing watershed based plans to improve and protect water quality. A framework is provided to help develop a scientifically defensible plan...

Author: United States Environmental Protection Agency

Date published: 2008

Harnessing Nature: The Ecosystem Approach to Climate-Change Preparedness

Describes the strategy of "harnessing nature" -- preserving and rebuilding green infrastructure such as...

Author: Defenders of Wildlife

Date published: 2012

Integrating Resilience into Local Capital Improvement Programs: Best Practices for Maryland’s Eastern Shore Communities

This document presents best practices for embedding climate risk assessments into capital improvement planning processes at the municipal and county level, as a cost-effective means of building...

Author: University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center

Date published: 2018

Iowa Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Report

Presents findings from a project in which US EPA and FEMA worked with state and local leaders in Iowa to...

Author: US EPA

Date published: 2011

Local Climate and Energy Strategy Guide - Smart Growth: A Guide to Developing and Implementing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs

Describes how smart growth strategies can help local governments reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve...

Author: US EPA

Date published: 2010

Mainstreaming Sea Level Rise Preparedness in Local Planning and Policy on Maryland's Eastern Shore

This report provides local government leaders and staff with data, analyses, policy options, and implementation guidance in reference to risks associated with the combination of sea level rise and...

Author: Eastern Shore Land Conservancy

Date published: 2019

Marshes on the Move: A Manager's Guide to Understanding and Using Model Results Depicting Potential Impacts of Sea Level Rise on Coastal Wetlands

Advanced a basic understanding of the parameters and uncertainties involved in modeling the future impacts of...

Author: NOAA Coastal Services Center and The Nature Conservancy

Date published: 2011

NOAA Coastal Inundation Toolkit

Shares tools and information to help communities understand and address coastal flooding. 

Author: NOAA  

Date published: Ongoing

NOAA Green Infrastructure Tools website

Offered by NOAA's National Ocean Service (NOS), this site includes green infrastructure resources organized...

Author: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Date published: Ongoing

Olympia, WA Sea Level Rise Planning Case Study

Summarizes a project of the City of Olympia's Public Works Department to respond to sea level rise as part of...

Author: Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange

Date published: 2010

Planners and Climate Action: An Approach for Communities

Brief overview of responsibilities that local officials must face to ensure that their towns are adequately...

Author: Maine Policy Review

Date published: 2008

Preserving Assets in At-Risk Municipalities: Financial Strategies for Climate Change Adaptation

A large share of population location, businesses and economic activity now occurs in coastal areas. At the same time, during this century many...

Author: New England Environmental Finance Center

Date published: 2009

Prioritizing Local Climate Adaptation through Regional Collaboration on Maryland's Eastern Shore

Focused on the Eastern Shore region of Maryland, this white paper makes the case that preparing for and adapting to climate change impacts should be a priority for local governments. The paper...

Author: Eastern Shore Land Conservancy

Date published: 2017

Residential Coastal Construction Manual

Prepared by FEMA with assistance from other agencies, organizations, and professionals involved in coastal...

Author: FEMA

Date published: 2011

Saving by Mitigating Issue Brief

Describes how proactive hazard mitigation planning can help local governments reduce risk; create safer...

Author: Environmental Finance Center Network

Date published: 2013

Scanning the Conservation Horizon: A Guide to Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

Provides conservationists and resource managers a way to understand the impact of climate change on species...

Author: National Wildlife Federation et al

Date published: 2011

Toward More Resilient Futures: Putting Foresight Into Practice

Builds on NOAA's Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI) which attempted to promote broader and longer-term...

Author: FEMA

Date published: 2013

Urban Planning Tools for Climate Change Mitigation

Reviews the relationship between urban planning and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as a key component of...

Author: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Date published: 2009

US Climate Change Science Program Synthesis and Assessment Products

Presents multiple synthesis and assessment products (SAPs) to provide information on climate change.  Designed...

Author: US Climate Change Science Program

Date published: Various