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Tools and Resources

NCTC climate change resources: NCTC is consolidating climate change related training opportunities for FWS staff. The NCTC Climate Change Resource Library also provides selected citations to journal articles, documents, reports, and websites.

Updated digital maps are now available that show changes to Coastal Barrier Resource System in five states.

New Interactive Mapping Tool: The Service recently announced the completion of the National Wetlands Database and interactive mapping tool, that integrates digital map data with other resource information to produce timely and relevant management and decision support tools.

USGS National Climate Change Viewer (NCCV): This Viewer includes the historical and future climate projections from 30 downscaled models for two of the recent emission scenarios used by the IPCC.



Climate Change Update

Issue #4 (July 16, 2014)


Welcome to the fourth issue of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Climate Change Update.

This Update is intended to provide a meaningful, Service-oriented synopsis of selected announcements and information tailored to help our staff share success stories and examples, access key resources, and stay up-to-date about our agency's climate change response.

We will be working with the National Climate Team and scientists from across the Service to develop this Update, and welcome your feedback and input. Please contact Christina Meister to help provide content for future editions.

The National Climate Assessment

Stepping down what it means for the Service

The Third National Climate Assessment (NCA) was released by the White House in early May of 2014. It is a major (800+ page) report assessing the science of climate change and current impacts nationally and by U.S. region, including projections of changes throughout this coming century.

To help Service staff access and use the most relevant information from the NCA when conducting analyses, conservation planning, and decision-making, members of the FWS National Climate Team have prepared a condensed synopsis highlighting key findings and implications for our agency.

The synopsis includes short summaries of topics including temperature, precipitation, sea level rise, and extreme events, as well as summarizes projections for different regions around the country. It also includes important scientific information that has become available since the NCA was prepared.

Tracking Carbon Emissions on Wildlife Refuges

Tracking Carbon Emissions on Wildlife Refuges

The Service is committed as an agency to achieving carbon neutrality by 2020. The newly released Climate Leadership in Refuges (CLIR) tool tracks overall greenhouse gas emissions at individual refuges and fish hatcheries and helps managers identify opportunities to reduce emissions.

CLIR calculates how changes in facilities energy consumption (electricity, fuel oil, natural gas, propane) and employee vehicle fleet consumption affects greenhouse gas emissions, and also incorporates visitor transportation to, from, and on a refuge.

Scenario Planning Guide

Preparing for future change

In partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Service has just released a new publication entitled Considering Multiple Futures: Scenario Planning to Address Uncertainty in Natural Resource Conservation. The publication addresses a host of unprecedented challenges to wildlife, from climate change to invasive species, habitat fragmentation to wildfires and more.

The publication will help managers understand the core elements of scenario planning and how it differs from other decision-support frameworks, identify approaches that fit their needs, and get started on their own scenario planning effort. It also includes 12 case studies representing a range of scenario planning approaches for natural resource and conservation issues across the country.

Vulnerability Assessment Toolbox

Toolbox of methods with case studies

The toolbox of methods for climate change vulnerability assessment (CCVA) for natural resources continues to grow as new approaches are developed, tested, and applied.

The Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Natural Resources Management provides a survey of some of the principal climate change vulnerability assessment methods in use today for species, habitats, places (e.g., protected areas, watersheds, landscapes), ecosystem processes, ecosystem services, water resources, and coastal resources. Case studies and examples are presented as well.

The goal is to regularly update this toolbox as new methods and case studies are published. To be effective, this needs to be a living document. We welcome input from readers regarding different methods and case studies, as well as any published evaluations of methods.

Upcoming Webinars

  • July 22 - IPCC webinar: The National Park Service is hosting a special session on Tuesday, July 22 (2:00 pm EDT) to review the findings of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report on “The Physical Science Basis of Climate Change” (Part 1).
  • July 30 - Safeguarding Wildlife from Climate Change webinar: The Service and National Wildlife Federation host a regular series of webinars to increase communication between conservation professionals regarding climate change. On Wednesday, July 30 (1:00 pm EDT), the webinar will focus on the recently released Climate-Smart Conservation: Putting Adaptation Principles into Practice guide. Register here.


Goodbye and good luck to Ann Froschauer

The Office of Science Applications and Headquarters staff bid a fond farewell to Ann Froschauer, who served as Communications Manager for Science Applications and helped launch this publication. Ann has recently joined the Service’s Fish and Wildlife Office in Lacey, Washington, as a Public Affairs Supervisor for their Information and Education division. Ann will be greatly missed, but we wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors!




Last updated: July 16, 2014

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