Vulnerability Assessments

What are Assessments?

Climate change assessments bring together scientific research and observations from multiple disciplines to identify and quantify the expected impacts of climate change. These assessments can focus on understanding current and predicted climate changes and what is causing them, the consequences of climate change, or the options for responding to climate change. They can vary greatly in their scope as well, from addressing climate change globally to looking at a specific location or resource.

Assessments are valuable tools that help us to understand the changes happening around us and provide essential information for future management decisions.

Types of Assessments

There are many different types of assessments that can be conducted, depending on managers' objectives and desired outcomes. For example, vulnerability assessments determine a system’s sensitivity and ability to adapt to climate change, and provide valuable information that can be used to develop management actions in response.

This fact sheet provides a summary.

The National Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Story Map is Now Available!

In collaboration with Region 6, the Office of Sustainability and Climate is pleased to announce the release of a new tool to help managers, researchers, and other professionals access information about potential climate-related impacts to a wide range of natural and cultural resources. The National Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Story Map provides essential information for future management decisions in a format that is easy to access. Interactive maps for each Forest Service region allow users to see specifics of various vulnerability assessment projects and filter information by 13 different resource topic areas.