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

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

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

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

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