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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

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Climate Change Update newsletter allows our staff to share success stories, identify key resources, and stay up-to-date about our agency's climate change response.

The National Climate Team and scientists from across the Service are working together to develop this newsletter, and we welcome your input. You can explore past issues through the links at left.

October 2016 Issue

Honoring Climate Leaders

Nomination period open for the 2017 Climate Adaptation Leadership Awards for Natural Resources

The nomination period for the 2017 Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources is now open through November 18, 2016. The Award recognizes exemplary leadership by federal, state, Tribal, local and non-governmental (NGO) entities to reduce climate-related threats and enhance the resilience of the nation's living natural resources - fish, wildlife and plants - and the communities that depend on them.

The Service is co-sponsoring the award along with the other federal and state members of the National Fish, Wildlife and Plant Climate Adaptation Strategy's Joint Implementation Working Group.

Learn more at

Planet at the Crossroads

IUCN World Conservation Congress

Held once every four years, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)World Conservation Congress (WCC) brings together several thousand leaders and decision-makers from government, civil society, indigenous peoples, business, and academia with the goal of conserving the environment and harnessing the solutions nature offers to global challenges such as climate change.

In September, the IUCN WCC was held in Honolulu, Hawai'I – the first time the Congress has been hosted on U.S. soil. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had a popular booth and staff gave more than 25 presentations on topics ranging from monarch butterflies, marine and seabird conservation, wildlife trafficking, and Landscape Conservation Cooperatives – with climate change highlighted as a key topic.

To view presentations from the ICUN WCC, go to

Hawaiian Islands Terrestrial Adaptation Initiative

Preparing Hawaii's Natural Assets for the Impacts of Climate Change

How should managers of Hawaii's natural assets prepare for the impacts of climate change? The Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative (PICCC) created the Hawaiian Islands Terrestrial Adaptation Initiative (HITAI) to develop science-based syntheses of climate impacts on, and adaptation options for, terrestrial and freshwater resources on each of the main Hawaiian Islands. This project brings together Hawaii's resource managers and conservation planners to discuss these challenges, share knowledge, identify needs, and prioritize key actions to reduce the vulnerability of resources to climate change.

Learn more about the project at

Managing Climate Change Refugia for Climate Adaptation

California LCC-funded study aims to identify climate-stable havens for wildlife

A team of researchers supported by the California LCC and Climate Science Center funded a new report investigating climate refugia – places that fare better during climate change than the rest of the world. The researchers say that the data could help predict, protect, and even forestall climate changes' effects on some animals and plants. The study "Managing Climate Change Refugia for Climate Adaptation" sets out, for the first time, specific steps to help identify and manage more resilient and climate-stable havens.

Access the article 

Bristol Bay Resilience Workshop

A new model for climate adaptation

Alaska's coastal communities are among the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. On September 21-22, a group of community leaders from the Bristol Bay region, along with scientists, natural resource managers, and planners, gathered in King Salmon to network, share ideas and strategies, and maximize collective efforts. King Salmon is a major center of the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world. The Bristol Bay Resilience Workshop is one of a series of coastal resilience workshops being held around the state in 2016.

Read more about the Alaska coastal resilience workshops.

The Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy Emerges

SECAS celebrates its 5th anniversary

On October 17, the partners of Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS) held a Conservation Leadership Summit in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to recognize the 5th anniversary of the partnership and to release the SECAS Conservation Blueprint – Version 1.0 for the entire region. The SECAS Blueprint stitches together the work of multiple Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) into a map of shared conservation and restoration priorities across the Southeast and Caribbean. 

Learn more about SECAS and how it aims to address issues such as sea level rise and climate change at

Explore case studies demonstrating early successes through an interactive story map at

Native American Youth Building Community Resilience

Inter-Tribal Climate Congress brings together young leaders

In July, the second annual Inter-Tribal Youth Climate Leadership Congress at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, brought together 87 Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students for a week-long interactive training to learn about climate change challenges in indigenous communities.

Students focused on how traditional ways of life are evolving to respond to new ecological and social conditions, and on tangible ways they can make a difference in their home communities. "Native American youth are on the fore-front of climate issues and will be the first people to experience climate challenges," said Georgia Jeppesen, National Conservation Training Center course leader.

The Congress is coordinated by a partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs and other federal agencies.

Read the Service's blog post about the Congress at


Recognizing Ken McDermond, USFWS Climate Champion

The late Ken McDermond, coordinator of the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative from its formation in 2009 until his passing in January 2015, was recently recognized as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (Service) "Individual of the Year."

As LCC Coordinator, Ken led the South Atlantic LCC partnership and staff to develop the South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint, a collaborative, iterative, science-driven process to identify areas for an ecologically connected network to support fish, wildlife and plants in a changing climate in that geography. He was committed to addressing climate adaptation through conservation design as part of the LCC's core mission. Ken is missed by all who knew him or were affected by his pioneering work.

Fish & Wildlife News - The Climate Issue

The new Fall issue of Fish & Wildlife News spotlights the challenges posed by our changing climate and how the Service is tackling them.

Training Opportunities:

Integrating Climate Change into State Wildlife Action Plans - Wednesday, November 9 2016, 1:00pm - 2:30pm (ET)

Upcoming NCTC Climate Change Courses - Register Now

Communicating Science - Distilling Your Message (CLM8204) - Nov 7-9, 2016

Climate Academy ONLINE (ALC3193) - Jan.-May 2017 / registration closes Oct. 28, 2016

Decision Analysis in a Changing Climate ONLINE (ALC3192) - Jan.-March 2017

Bring Climate Smart Conservation Training to Your Region! NCTC is requesting responses from interested offices to bring a one day overview class on the Climate-Smart Conservation: Putting Adaptation Principles into Practice guide. Review more details here, or contact John Ossanna about requesting a delivery of this course.

Recent Announcements:

2016 FWS Science Awards: Nominations Open

The Science Awards recognize scientificexcellence across the agency, including scientificleadership, applied science, and transformational science. Winners will receive an honorary award plus $50,000 to their station budgets for one fiscal year to bolster their science programs.

Nominations are due October 24, 2016.

Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy is 5!

On October 17, the partners of Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS) held a Conservation Leadership Summit in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to recognize the 5th anniversary of the partnership and to release the SECAS Conservation Blueprint - Version 1.0 for the entire region. 

Learn more about SECAS and explore case studies demonstrating early successes through an interactive story map.

Rick Bennett, National Climate Change Champion

Congratulations to Dr. Rick Bennett, regional scientist for the Service's Northeast Region based in Hadley, Mass., for being named a 2016 GreenGov Presidential Awards Climate Champion for his leadership in Hurricane Sandy recovery. 

About this newsletter

Provide Content

The Service's National Climate Team and scientists from across the agency work together to produce this newsletter.  We welcome your input. Please contact Jason Goldberg to help provide content for future editions.  

Explore Past Issues 

Past issues of this newsletter are available on the Service's climate change webpage.

Get Additional Help

Do you know who to contact regarding climate change issues? The Service's National Climate Team helps to coordinate the agency's climate change response and serves as a technical resource for FWS employees regarding climate change science and policy. 


Last updated: January 11, 2017

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