Here, we provide guidelines for doing a simple and rapid climate impact assessment for any number of management objectives. Such a rapid assessment focuses on identifying major climate trends and potential impacts using existing expertise and a few key web resources. We have based these guidelines on the Adaptation for Conservation Targets (ACT) framework (Cross et al., 2012). The assessment could be conducted over the course of a one- or two-day workshop. Although this kind of rapid assessment is not sufficient to develop a formally adopted action plan, it can help managers start thinking about how climate change will impact park management and identify areas where a full-scale planning effort is warranted. The following checklist provides a step-by-step approach to incorporating climate change impacts into park management decisions.
- Identify the management objective
- Develop a conceptual model
- Assess potential climate change impacts
- Select climate scenarios
- Create a summary table of expected climatic changes and impacts
- Decide on the level of commitment
- Identify and evaluate actions