Adaptation Tools

Tools for Climate-Informed Action

This website includes a database of tools that are intended to help land managers incorporate climate change and forest adaptation into their decision-making. Tools can be useful for making climate-informed decisions, but they also have limitations and assumptions that need to be considered. The Climate Hubs do not recommend specific tools, but do provide information on how they can be used. 


Forest Adaptation Resources

Forest Adaptation Resources: Climate Change Tools and Approaches for Land Managers provides a suite of materials that enables land managers to consider climate change and increase the ability of forests to cope with climate change impacts. It does not provide specific recommendations, but rather serves as a decision-support tool for incorporating adaptation considerations into current management objectives. The resources include "menus" of adaptation strategies and approaches for regional forests as well as an adaptation process and step-by-step Adaptation Workbook instructions to assist land managers in developing and implementing on-the-ground climate adaptation actions. Summaries of five real-world adaptation demonstrations show how these resources have been used to develop adaptation tactics


A Workbook to Design Climate-Informed Management Actions

The online Adaptation Workbook is a web-based version of the process outlined in Forest Adaptation Resources: Climate Change Tools and Approaches for Land Managers, allowing for a self-guided and interactive approachThe Adaptation Workbook helps natural resource professionals consider the potential effects of climate change on forest and associated ecosytems, enabling them to develop actions that can help reduce risk and increase the ability of ecosystems to adapt to changing conditions. A flexible process accommodates a wide variety of geographic locations, scales, ecosystems, land uses, management goals, and ownership types. The online tool can be used throughout the United States. Regionally-specific content on forest ecosystem types and regional climate impacts are drawn from the Climate Change Response Framework Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessments in the Midwest and Northeast and from the National Climate Assessment in other regions. The Adaptation Workbook contains adaptation resources for forest management, urban forests and agriculture. Additional resources for forested watershed management, wildlife, and tribal perspectives are in development.


Active Training and Consultations

The Adaptation Workbook can be used online, in print form, or in a workshop setting. The Northern Forests Climate Hub works with partners to host Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices trainings throughout the year. In-person, hands-on trainings to help natural resources managers incorporate climate change considerations into their own real-world forest management projects. After the training, staff from the Northern Forests Climate Hub an the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science support managers in developing their projects and sharing their story as an adaptation demonstration.