Commander’s Guide to Climate Adaptation for DoD Natural Resource Managers

Dawn M. Lawson, Christy M. Wolf
Posted on: 6/01/2021 - Updated on: 8/23/2022

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Over the coming decades, Department of Defense (DoD) installations will experience significant risks from climate-related changes in the environment, which could compromise the capacity of these lands and waters to support the military mission. This Commander’s Guide is designed to help military leadership better understand how climate impacts to DoD natural resources can pose risks to training and testing capabilities, and how natural resource managers can plan for these risks to enhance installation resilience and sustain military readiness.



Stein, B.A., D.M. Lawson, P. Glick, and C.M. Wolf. 2020. Commander’s Guide to Climate Adaptation for DoD Natural Resource Managers. Washington, D.C.: National Wildlife Federation.

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The Secretary of Defense is the principal defense policy advisor to the President. Under the direction of the President, the Secretary exercises authority, direction, and control over the Department of Defense. The Deputy Secretary, the second-highest ranking official in the DoD, is delegated full power and authority to act for the Secretary and to exercise the powers of the Secretary on any and all matters for which the Secretary is authorized to act. The


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