WASHINGTON — The Office of Sustainability and Climate and the Geospatial Technology and Applications Center recently released a new tool highlighting the potential effects of climate change on a wide range of natural and cultural resources across the nation. The Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments Across the Nation story map is a resource for professionals, researchers, managers and the public to use when addressing disturbances, extreme weather events and changing climatic conditions. This story map builds upon a previous product released in 2017.
In the last decade, the United States has set new records for extreme temperature, drought, storms and fire. These events affect millions of Americans and pose a growing threat to the resilience of communities, as well as the ecological services that flow from the nation’s forests and grasslands.
Assessing climate change vulnerability defines the risks posed by these changes and helps identify adaptation measures. Vulnerability assessments are valuable tools to help us understand the changes happening around us, and to integrate climate considerations into decision making.
The story map showcases locations where agencies have conducted climate change vulnerability assessments across the nation. Through an easy-to-use interactive dashboard, forest managers and scientists can filter assessments by region, access detailed information about each assessment, and look at charts showing when vulnerability assessments were completed and for which resource areas.
This is a great resource for anyone interested in studying, or planning for, anticipated effects of climate change and other disturbances on our ecosystems. The Office of Sustainability and Climate envisions the map as a single source of information about climate change vulnerability on a national scale.