Julia Michalak, John C. Withey, and Josh L. Lawler

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.

  1. Identify the management objective
  2. Develop a conceptual model
  3. Assess potential climate change impacts
  4. Select climate scenarios
  5. Create a summary table of expected climatic changes and impacts
  6. Decide on the level of commitment
  7. Identify and evaluate actions
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Sector Addressed
Conservation / Restoration
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Capacity Building
Conduct vulnerability assessments and studies
Monitor climate change impacts and adaptation efficacy
Create/enhance resources and tools
Habitat/Biome Type