Adaptation Database and Planning Tool (ADAPT)

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

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 website helps users by vetting and organizing information available, building a community via an interac

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 vulnerabilities, 2) develop and implement adaptation strategies, 3) engage and educate stakeholders, and 4) shar

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 consequences, focusing on the eight coastal states from New York to North Carolina.

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, training and technical assistance needed to increase resilience to extreme weather events.

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 chance flood zone established by FEMA.

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 measures in urban areas and systems.  Calls for more locally responsive climate financing investment

Author: ICLEI

Date published: 2011

ICLEI Climate Adaptation Guidance

Website with resources for local governments undertaking adaptation, including free adaptation resources, information on climate impacts by region, and recorded webinars on key adaptation topics. 

Author: ICLEI

Date published: Ongoing

ICLEI Climate Resilient Communities Program

Comprehensive, national climate adaptation program tailored to local governments.

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 use.  Profiles mitigation and adaptation responses.

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 adapt to climate change.

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 United States.

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 consequences of climate variability.

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.

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 integrating hazard mitigation and climate adaptation in a local planning document.

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.

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.

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 available to coastal managers to reduce their systems' vulnerability to climate change impacts.

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 climate change impacts on their assets, operations, and missions and to develop adaptation plans.

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.

Author: NOAA  

Date published: Ongoing

ClimateWizard

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

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, and mapping and visualizing inundation.

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 sustainability planning with combined sewer overflow (CSO) abatement efforts.

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 green infrastructure and low impact development.

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 and regional levels.

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 adaptation.

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.

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 floodplains, wetlands, and forests -- as an essential, viable, and cost-effective approach to climate chang

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 community resilience to climate-related threats.

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 determine how the latest science on changing weather patterns due to climate change could be integrated in

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 quality of life.

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 coastal storm flooding to help communities form policies and practices that will reduce their risk.

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 sea level rise on coastal wetlands.

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 into the categories of information, data, guidance and training.

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 the City's hazard mitigation planning process.

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 prepared for the coming challenges.

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.

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.

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 construction and regulation, this manual is intended to help designers and contractors identify and eval

Author: FEMA

Date published: 2011

Saving by Mitigating Issue Brief

Describes how proactive hazard mitigation planning can help local governments reduce risk; create safer communities; and invest in the community’s future safety, equity, and sustainability.

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 and ecosystems and supports efforts to safeguard valuable natural resources.

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 thinking about a changing climate and the effects on the emergency management community.

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 climate change, provides characteristics of GHG decision support tools, and evaluates the strengths and li

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 for policy makers, resource managers, and the public.

Author: US Climate Change Science Program

Date published: Various