Assessments

standing water over fieldThe USDA Climate Hubs published a series of regional vulnerability assessments to provide their stakeholders with a baseline “snapshot” of current climate vulnerabilities, along with specific adaptive management strategies to increase the resilience of working lands in each region. They also include regional greenhouse gas profiles, which identify opportunities to reduce emissions and increase carbon sequestration. Each document also gives an overview of how partner USDA agencies are being affected by and addressing changing climate conditions.

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Below is a collection of vulnerability assessments relevant to the Northwest Climate Hub region and specific to Climate Hub focus areas, including agriculture, forestry, rangelands, and indigenous peoples. Assessments are useful to adaptation processes since these documents…

Native American and Native Alaskans are indigenous people of the United States. In the Northwest there are 44 federally recognized Native American Nations and in Alaska over 200 Tribal Nations. In addition to these nations, state governments have recognized other tribes. Tribal…

Alaska is by far the largest state in the United States. The majority of its people live in urban areas while some of them live in small, remote communities throughout the state. Most of the food consumed by Alaskans is imported, but many small communities, and especially Native…

Alaska is at the forefront of experiencing the effects of climate change as it has warmed twice as fast as the contiguous US. Sea ice, glaciers and permafrost are melting, spring snowmelt is occurring earlier, river ice break-up is happening earlier; all of this affects local…