Rapid Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Strategies for the National Marine Sanctuary and Territory of American Samoa

This report summarizes the results of a rapid vulnerability assessment (July 2016) and adaptation strategy planning (September 2016) workshops for 10 focal resources in the Territory and National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa by engaging with stakeholders, including village leaders, community members, resource managers, local government representatives, and business owners that rely on the resources with the goal of increasing climate resilience in the region. 

Populations at Risk

Location

Headwaters Economics
PO Box 7059
59771 Bozeman , MT
United States
45° 40' 48" N, 111° 2' 24" W
Montana US
Tool Overview: 

Events such as climate change, extreme weather, floods, wildfires, and significant economic changes affect some populations more than others. Populations at Risk is a free tool to easily create reports about populations more likely to experience adverse social, health, or economic outcomes in selected areas of the United States. Variables used include indicators such as race, ethnicity, housing, poverty, and education, among others. Produced in Excel or PDF format, reports may be created at the community, county, or state scale and may compare several geographies.

WWF Climate Crowd

Location

Washington , DC
United States
38° 54' 25.8912" N, 77° 2' 12.7356" W
District Of Columbia US
Tool Overview: 

What: WWF Climate Crowd is a new initiative to crowdsource information on how rural communities are responding to changes in weather and climate, and how their responses are impacting biodiversity. We are partnering with organizations like the Peace Corps to collect this data, fill critical knowledge gaps, find and implement ways to better help communities and wildlife adapt, alter our conservation strategies in light of the information we gather, and raise awareness through stories from the front lines of climate change.

Canadian Extreme Water Level Adaptation Tool (CAN-EWLAT)

Location

Bedford Institute of Oceanography
1 Challenger Drive P.O. Box 1006
B2Y 4A2 Dartmouth
Canada
CA
Tool Overview: 

Extreme water level along the marine coastline is a result of a combination of storm surge, tides, and ocean waves. Future projections of climate change in the marine environment indicate that rising sea level and declining sea ice will cause changes in extreme water levels, which will impact Canada's coastlines and the infrastructure in these areas. Understanding these changes is essential for developing adaptation strategies that can minimize the harmful effects that may result.

Climate Impacts Decision Support Tool (CIMPACT-DST)

Location

Cascadia Consulting Group
1109 1st Ave Suite 400
98101 Seattle , WA
United States
47° 36' 20.0232" N, 122° 20' 13.5852" W
Washington US
Tool Overview: 

The Climate Impacts Decision Support Tool (CIMPACT-DST) is an easy-to-use, Excel-based decision support tool that helps planning agencies and local governments incorporate climate change impacts into their jurisdiction’s planning and operations. By using CIMPACT-DST, urban planners and project developers can see policies, plans, regulations, and projects through a “climate lens.”

Managing Mangroves for Resilience to Climate Change

Building resilience into mangrove conservation plans requires an understanding of how mangroves will respond to climate changes, what factors help them survive these changes, and, consequently, which mangroves are most likely to survive these changes. This publication provides a welcome reference for all stakeholders in mangroves, especially coastal communities, to assist them in encouraging decision makers to apply resilience principles in all development and conservation programmes.

Community Resilience Toolkit

Location

United States
36° 51' 49.2876" N, 121° 42' 23.5548" W
US
Tool Overview: 

The Community Resilience Toolkit is a popular online resource currently used by community leaders in 46 of the 50 states and in 16 countries to strengthen their communities in the face of worsening climate change, rising food and energy prices, and lingering economic recession.

Columbia Basin Adaptation Resource Kit

Location

United States
53° 40' 58.1808" N, 116° 23' 47.3388" W
US
Tool Overview: 

This Resource Kit is based on the experiences and learnings of the communities that have engaged with climate adaptation planning as part of Columbia Basin Trust's Communities Adapting to Climate Change Initiative (CACCI) from 2008-2013.

This Resource Kit provides a detailed approach to climate change adaptation and resilience based on ten thematic areas:

Great Lakes Climate Adaptation Toolkit

Location

United States
45° 27' 57.276" N, 84° 17' 13.5924" W
US
Tool Overview: 

EcoAdapt and Freshwater Future are committed to help Great Lakes communities respond to the effects of climate change impacts, and have developed the Great Lakes Climate Change Adaptation Toolkit with funding support from the Kresge Foundation. The toolkit is one component of Freshwater Future’s Great Lakes Community Climate Program, which includes workshops to train community groups on how to consider climate change impacts in their work and a grants program to assist with implementation of on-the-ground projects.

The toolkit is divided in the following six parts: