Climate Programs

There are a growing number of tribal programs, government and non-government agencies and programs addressing climate change across the United States. This page includes tribal, federal and NGO climate change programs.

Title Organization Description Categorysort descending Geography Website
Oregon Climate and Health Network. Oregon Health Authority

The Oregon Climate and Health Network will provide a forum for local public health practitioners and partners to stay connected and apprised of current climate science, health implications, and opportunities for action. It will serve as a forum for sharing information and best practices across various programmatic areas of public health. 

The network will include a list serve for e-mail communications and a quarterly conference call that will feature member updates and guest speakers. Oregon’s Climate and Health program will manage the list serve and facilitate the conference calls. 
The network is open to all those who are interested and will include members in local health departments, other local agencies, state and non-profit partners. We expect members to work in various fields (including environmental health, emergency preparedness, chronic disease prevention, land use, transportation and natural resource planning, social services, etc.) and we also expect members to have different levels of experience and expertise. If you are interested in participating in the Oregon Climate and Health Network, contact Emily York at: emily.a.york@state.or.us

Northwest Link
Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians

In 1953 farsighted tribal leaders in the Northwest formed the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, and dedicated it to tribal sovereignty and self-determination. Today, ATNI is a nonprofit organization representing 57 Northwest tribal governments from Oregon, Idaho, Washington, southeast Alaska, Northern California and Western Montana. ATNI is an organization whose foundation is composed of the people it is meant to serve — the Indian peoples.

Northwest Link
Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources

At CIER, we work with First Nations to build environmental capacity. We educate, conduct research and build skills to assist First Nations in taking action to solve the environmental problems that affect their lands and waters. This work is important because healthy lands and waters are critical to meet basic needs and are a part of First Nation culture and identity. By sharing knowledge, skills and abilities, we assist First Nations in creating solutions that are relevant and that can be used by and passed on to others. We learn with, teach and connect First Nations with the resources they need to achieve their goals.

Canada, International Link
Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC)

The Climate Impacts Research Consortium as a climate knowledge network established by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides information and tools for adapting to a changing climate in the northwest.

Northwest, National Link
USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station Forest Service

The Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station is one of seven research centers that are part of the USDA Forest Service. The PNW Reserach Station is engaged in a variety of climate-change related research activities, including co-partnering with the University of Oregon’s Environmental Studies Program on this website.

Northwest Link
Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS) Inter-Agency

This organization is works to 1) Increase access to existing coastal and ocean data;
2) Package information and data in useful ways to meet the needs of stakeholders; and 3) Increase observing and forecasting capacity in all regions of the state, with a priority on the Arctic and Gulf of Alaska.

Alaska, Arctic Link
Coastal Resilience Network The Nature Conservancy and Others

Coastal Resilience supports a community of practitioners around the world who are applying spatial planning innovations to coastal hazard risk, resilience and adaptation issues. This is a global network providing access to peer practitioners, tools, information and training focused on nature-based solutions.

National, International Link
USDA Regional Climate Hubs USDA

USDA’s regional hubs will deliver information to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to help them adapt to climate change and weather variability. The Hubs will build capacity within USDA to provide information and guidance on technologies and risk management practices at regional and local scales.

Adaptation Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska, Midwest Link
Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for Resources of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests EcoAdapt

This report summarizes the results of a two-day adaptation planning workshop for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests as part of their forest plan revision process. The workshop focused on identifying adaptation options for eight key resource areas, including forested vegetation, non-forested vegetation, wildlife, hydrology, fisheries, recreation, cultural/heritage values, and ecosystem services. The report includes a general overview of the workshop methodology and provides a suite of possible adaptation strategies and actions for each key resource area. Adaptation actions were linked with the climate-related vulnerabilities they help to ameliorate as well as the direct/indirect effects they may have on other resource areas.

adaptation planning, forested vegetation, non-forested vegetation, wildlife, hydrology, fisheries, recreation, cultural/heritage values, ecosystem services Idaho Link
NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) DOD, USACE

The mission of the Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Responses to Climate Change Program is to develop, implement, and assess adjustments or changes in operations and decision environments to enhance resilience or reduce vulnerability of USACE projects, systems, and programs to observed or expected changes in climate.

Adaptation, Infrastructure National Link
Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) Climate Change Program NGO

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) was established in 1992 with a vision to assist Indian Tribes in the management of their environmental resources through effective training and education programs. ITEP offers training to tribal environmental professionals to build their capacity to address climate change issues and coordinates the Tribes and Climate Change website and newsletter, found here: http://www7.nau.edu/itep/main/tcc/

Adaptation, Mitigation, Natural Resource Management National Link
Southern California Climate Adaptation Project EcoAdapt

The Southern California Climate Adaptation Project was initiated to improve understanding about the vulnerability of important southern California habitats to climate change and to develop adaptation strategies designed to reduce vulnerabilities and/or increase resilience of habitats. This project used a collaborative, stakeholder-driven process that involved soliciting input from land and resource managers, conservation practitioners, scientists, and others from federal and state agencies, universities, and nongovernmental organizations. Input was provided through participation on the project's Stakeholder Advisory Committee, a series of workshops focused on vulnerability and adaptation, and peer reviews of draft products. Project products include climate change vulnerability assessments and adaptation strategies and actions for 12 regionally important habitats. In addition, four case studies were developed to demonstrate how climate vulnerability and adaptation information can be integrated into on-the-ground projects. The diverse range of products are intended to inform federal agency management plan revisions and projects as well as other regional management and conservation planning efforts.

adaptation, resilience, habitat, conservation, assessment, climate change Southern California Link
University of Washington Climate Impacts Group (CIG) University of Washington

The University of Washington Climate Impacts Group (CIG) studies the impacts of natural climate variability and global climate change, focusing mostly on the Pacific Northwest. The CIG has partnerships with tribes in the Pacific Northwest, engages in outreach efforts that include meetings, workshops, and webinars, presentations, consultations, and technical assistance, and is a source of scientific projections, impacts assessments, and tools and resources for climate change adaptation planning and vulnerability assessment.

Adaptation, Vulnerability Assessment Northwest, National Link
Interagency Workgroup on Climate Change and Water Resources FEMA, USACE, NOAA, US Global Change Research Program, Council on Environmental Quality, and the New York City Panel on Climate Change

The Interagency Workgroup on Climate Change and Water Resources was formed between the USACE, Bureau of Reclamation, US Geological Survey, and National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration to evaluate how climate change consideration can be incorporated into activities related to the Nation’s water resources.

Adaptation, Water Resources National Link
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administation (NOAA) Civil Rights Office American Indian Program NOAA

This initiative focuses on American Indians and Alaskan Natives who have origins in any of the original people of North America, and who maintain cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community recognition. Program Managers provide advice and guidance on matters affecting the employment, advancement, retention and external participation of Native American in all NOAA programs and activities. Outreach efforts for employment and to community organizations must be specific and designed around equal trust, commitment and collective communication with tribal government officials.

Administration National Link
EPA Tribal Air Quality Program EPA

Indian Tribes have express authority under the Clean Air Act and the Tribal Authority Rule to manage air quality in Indian country. EPA provides technical assistance and resources to help Tribes build their program capacity. We also implement Clean Air Act requirements in Indian country through programs such as the Federal Air Rules for Reservations, Title V permits, and air toxics rules.

Air Quality National Link
Alaskan Voices on Climate Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

We're seeking your videos on the impact of climate on Alaska today and the work you are doing to ensure a healthy environment for future generations. We’d like to know:
How changes in climate have affected you, your community, or tribe.
What you are doing to adapt or respond to a changing climate.
What lessons you can share to help other communities become more resilient.
Anything else you’d like to tell us about the changes you are experiencing and actions you are taking.
We'll share our favorite videos on Facebook, Twitter, EPA's website, our Alaska InfoBox, and other Alaska channels. We can’t wait to see what you submit!

Alaska, video, communication Alaska Link
Arctic Science Portal USARC

To facilitate access to the broad array of data available on the Arctic, this portal can be thought of as a library of links (URLs) to websites where Arctic data are made publicly available. The portal directs users to appropriate websites based on topic and short description (e.g., Arctic weather, sea ice conditions, fisheries information, Arctic oceanography, oil spill response research). It's a tool that directs users to available information on the Arctic sorted in the main categories of Society, Environment, Economics, Reference, and Organizations.

Arctic, Climate Database Arctic, International, Alaska Link
North American Marine Protected Area Rapid Vulnerability Assessment Tool Commission for Environmental Cooperation

The North American Marine Protected Area Rapid Vulnerability Assessment Tool was created to help marine protected area managers evaluate the implications of climate change for the habitats of their sites. This tool has three parts (a user guide, a set of blank worksheets, and a booklet containing sample completed worksheets) that are available as downloadable PDFs. The blank worksheets are in a dynamic PDF format so that users can easily fill, save and share their completed worksheets. The User Guide and sample worksheets provide the narrative explanation of how to use the tool, while the blank worksheets are the hands-on component. Together, they comprise a tool that can help marine protected area managers conduct a rapid vulnerability assessment and adaptation strategy development process.

assessment, climate change, habitat, adaptation strategies North America Link
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) Center for Climate and Health ANTHC, Tribal Entity

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) Center for Climate and Health performs assessments, develop community-appropriate strategies, and develops resources that describe climate-health connections.

assessment, Community Empowerment, public health Alaska Link
Biomass Crop Assistance Program USDA, FSA

The Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) provides financial assistance to owners and operators of agricultural and non-industrial private forest land who wish to establish, produce, and deliver biomass feedstocks. BCAP provides two categories of assistance: matching payments, and annual payments.

Biomass, Energy National Link
Science Applications Online Learning Management System Science Applications

This website offers free online courses in landscape conservation, climate adaptation and energy forecast modeling.

Climate Adaptation, Scientific Data, Training, Education, Online Learning, National Link
Pacific Northwest Coast Landscape Conservation Design NGO

A blueprint for a climate resilient landscapes in the Lower Columbia and outer coasts of Oregon and Washington.

climate change, adaptation, mitigation, conservation, management, planning Northwest, Pacific Northwest Coast, Oregon, Washignton State Link
Adaptation Clearinghouse Georgetown Climate Center

The Adaptation Clearinghouse seeks to assist policymakers, resource managers, academics, and others who are working to help communities adapt to climate change.Content in the Adaptation Clearinghouse is focused on the resources that help policymakers at all levels of governments reduce or avoid the impacts of climate change to communities in the United States. The Adaptation Clearinghouse tends to focus on climate change impacts that adversely affect people and our built environment. Content focal areas include the water, coastal, transportation, infrastructure and public health sectors, and adaptation planning, policies, laws, and governance. Resources that fall within these areas receive priority and are the most likely to be published in the Adaptation Clearinghouse.

climate change, adaptation, policy, infrastructure, resiliency, planning, database National Link
Adaptation Equity Portal Adaptation Clearinghouse

Two of the biggest challenges facing the United States - and the world - are the growing inequalities that unfairly disadvantage large segments of the population, and climate change, which exacerbates existing risks in our communities. The effects of climate change including rising temperatures, more polluted air, and more frequent and intense extreme storms, will disproportionally affect already poor and disenfranchised people. Policymakers must find ways to focus not only on the physical impacts of climate change, but also on the ways that policies can have a differential impact on certain individuals and communities. In this portal we will refer to people facing disproportionate climate impacts as "frontline communities" since these are groups that are on the frontlines of impacts from climate change.

climate change, adaptation, policy, planning, management, social justice, community health, racial justice, activism United States, National Link
NW Climate Science Digest NWCSC

The Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) combines academic expertise with federal resources to advance climate science development and delivery for managers and policy makers in the Northwest region. The NW Climate Science Digest is a monthly newsletter that compiles climate science journals and publications for wider access.

climate change, climate science, planning National Link
State Climate Summaries

These state summaries were produced to meet a demand for state-level information in the wake of the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment, released in 2014. The summaries cover assessment topics directly related to NOAA’s mission, specifically historical climate variations and trends, future climate model projections of climate conditions during the 21st century, and past and future conditions of sea level and coastal flooding.

climate change, climate science, predictions, planning, adaptation, mitigation National Link
Seedlot Selection Tool GIS

The Seedlot Selection Tool (SST) is a GIS mapping program designed to help forest managers match seedlots with planting sites based on climatic information. The climates of the planting sites can be chosen to represent current climates, or future climates based on selected climate change scenarios.

climate change, conservation, development, adaptation, nursery, vegetation National Link
EPA Climate Change Portal EPA

The EPA hosts a website dedicated to providing information about climate impacts and resources across the United States. This website features current news and information about climate change in the US.

climate change, energy, environment National Link
USDA Forest Service Climate Change Resource Center USDA Forest Service

The Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) is a web-based, national resource that connects land managers and decisionmakers with useable science to address climate change in planning and application. Current and expected climate changes have serious implications for ecosystems and the benefits they provide.

climate change, forest, wildfire, management National Link

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