U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

Posted on: 10/18/2017 - Updated on: 1/04/2023

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The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit (CRT), is an online decision-support resource that provides easy access to scientific tools, information, and expertise to help people manage their climate-related risks and opportunities, and improve their resilience to extreme events. The goal is to improve people’s ability to understand and manage their climate-related risks and opportunities, and to help them make their communities and businesses more resilient to extreme events.

The site is designed to serve interested citizens, communities, businesses, resources managers, planners, and policy leaders at all levels of government. Specifically, the site offers a 5-step process that people can follow to help them plan and implement an adaptation plan, real-world case studies to inspire and inform, a compendium of freely available tools, an interactive geobrowser to explore climate stressors and people and assets potentially impacted, training courses, and maps to help users locate regional and local experts who may be able to provide decision-support services.

Steps to Resilience: The Toolkit outline the Five Steps to Resilience, below. By following the steps, users will learn about reviewing climate hazards, vulnerability assessments, identifying possible solutions, planning, taking action, and monitoring the results.

  1. Understand Exposure
  2. Assess Vulnerability & Risk
  3. Investigate Options
  4. Prioritize & Plan
  5. Take Action

Case Studies: Explore case studies to see how people are building resilience for their businesses and in their communities. Click dots on the map to preview case studies, or browse through all case studies.

Tools: Explore the catalog of more than 200 digital tools to help you take steps to build resilience, from engaging a community to developing a climate action plan. Find tools like the National Land Cover Database Evaluation, Visualization, and Analysis (EVA) Tool which helps provide user-friendly access to national and state land cover and land cover change information.

Expertise: Find the expertise you need to make informed decisions: locate climate science and service centers that can help you build resilience; access climate-relevant reports issued by government agencies and scientific organizations; learn about new tools or build your knowledge and skills to manage climate-related risks and opportunities; and find state-level information from NOAA's National Center for Environmental Information.

Regions: Explore all resources by region.

Topics: Explore topics such as the built environment, food, and tribal nations. Learn about key points, details on climate impacts and resilience, and even more through subtopics like land-use planning, conservation, or social equity.

Climate Explorer: Use the climate explorer to visualize conditions projected for the coming decades for any county in the United States.


The site is designed to serve interested citizens, communities, businesses, resources managers, planners, and policy leaders at all levels of government.

Managing Organizations

Established in October 2005, NOAA's Climate Program Office (CPO) provides strategic guidance and oversight for the agency's climate science and services programs. Designed to build knowledge of climate variability and change—and how they affect our health, our economy, and our future—the CPO's programs have three main objectives:

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