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Climate Vulnerabilities

Vulnerability assessments determine the effects of climate change on natural or human system. To understand system susceptibility, these assessments consider exposure, sensitivity, and capacity to adapt. The USDA Climate Hubs, as a science delivery and a listening and learning organization, continually assess aspects of climate vulnerability in forestry, agriculture, and rural communities. The Climate Hubs published a series of regional vulnerability assessments which provide a baseline “snapshot” of climate vulnerabilities, along with management strategies to increase the resilience of working lands. These assessments also identify opportunities to reduce emissions and increase carbon storage. The USDA Climate Hubs contribute to the National Climate Assessments that assess how climate change affects regions and sectors across the U.S., now and throughout this century.

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