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.

Titlesort descending Organization Description Category Geography Website
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
Seeds of Success (SOS) Bureau of Land Management

Seeds of Success (SOS) is the national native seed collection program, led by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in partnership with a variety of federal agencies and non-federal organizations. SOS’s mission is to collect wildland native seed for research, development, germplasm conservation, and ecosystem restoration. The long-term conservation outcome of the SOS program is to support BLM's Native Plant Materials Development Program, whose mission is to increase the quality and quantity of native plant materials available for restoring and supporting resilient ecosystems. Healthy ecosystems provide the essential ecological services upon which all life depends, including our own. Native plant communities provide the foundation for fish and wildlife habitat such as the sage grouse.

research, development, germplasm conservation, ecosystem restoration National Link
SolSmart Department of Energy (DOE)

Earn visibility as a solar leader from the U.S. Department of Energy. SolSmart is a national recognition and a no-cost technical assistance program for local governments designed to drive greater solar deployment and help make it possible for even more American homes and businesses to access affordable and renewable solar energy to meet their electricity needs. The SolSmart designation program, coupled with robust and agile technical assistance, will spur communities across the country to earn recognition for achievements that distinguish them from their peers as they become more solar-friendly, and in doing so, ignite local solar markets while establishing consistency in solar practices across the country. SolSmart supports the goals of the SunShot Initiative to make it faster, cheaper, and easier to go solar.

Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Infrastructure National Link
SoundToxins NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center

SoundToxins, a diverse partnership of Washington state shellfish and finfish growers, environmental learning centers, Native American tribes, and Puget Sound volunteers, is a monitoring program designed to provide early warning of harmful algal bloom events in order to minimize both human health risks and economic losses to Puget Sound fisheries.

shellfish, Harmful Algal Bloooms (HABs), finfish, aquaculture Northwest Link
South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative Landscape Conservation Cooperative

The South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative is a partnership of federal, state, nonprofit, and private organizations dedicated to conserving a landscape
capable of sustaining the nation’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations.

Climate change, scientific research, Conservation, policy East, Southeast, Coastal Link
South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) DOI, LCC

The South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (SALCC) is part of a network of Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs). LCCs are applied conservation science partnerships among federal agencies, regional organizations, states, tribes, NGOs, universities and other entities within a geographic area. They are designed to inform resource management decisions in an integrated fashion across landscapes at a broader scale than any individual partner’s responsibility. The partnership will consider landscape-scale stressors, including climate change, habitat fragmentation, invasive species, and water scarcity as it attempts to provide a vision for a landscape capable of sustaining healthy populations of fish, wildlife, plants and cultural resources. The SALCC crosses six states, from southern Virginia to northern Florida.

Conservation, Natural Resources Southeast Link
Southeast Alaska Tribal Ocean Research Southeast Alaska Tribal Ocean Research

SEATOR is a partnership committed to monitoring and communicating our findings about shellfish toxins, harmful algal blooms, and ocean acidification.

monitoring, shellfish, shellfish toxins, algal blooms, ocean acidification Alaska (Southeast) 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
Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative Landscape Conservation Cooperative

The SRLCC is made up of federal, state, tribal and private agencies or organizations involved in the management of key natural resources such as water, animals and plants. The diverse makeup of the group promotes collaboration among members by developing shared conservation goals. The partnership works together to identify where and how to achieve larger and lasting conservation with a landscape scale impact.

Climate change, scientific research, Conservation, policy West, Southwest 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
STORMTOOLS Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council

STORMTOOLS shows coastal inundation projections from storm surge inundation and sea level rise. STORMTOOLS is a method to map storm inundation, with and without sea level rise, for varying return period storms that covers all of Rhode Island’s coastal waters.

climate change, resources, prediction, projection, model, education, preparation United States Link
StreamCat: Stream Catchment Dataset Tool EPA

EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) has developed the Stream-Catchment (StreamCat) dataset, an extensive collection of landscape metrics for 2.6 million streams and associated catchments within the conterminous U.S. StreamCat includes both natural and human-related landscape features. The data are summarized both for individual stream catchments and for cumulative upstream watersheds, based on the National Hydrography Dataset Plus Version 2 geospatial framework.

Freshwater, Climate Projections, Stream Catchment, Scientific Data National Link
The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) NIDIS

Drought is one of the most costly natural disasters affecting the U.S.The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) was established in 2006 (NIDIS Act) to help begin to move society from a reactive response to drought to a proactive stance. NIDIS was envisioned to be a dynamic and accessible drought information system that provides users with the ability to determine the potential impacts of drought and the associated risks they bring, and the decision support tools needed to better prepare for and mitigate the effects of drought.

Research, Education, Emergency Response Southwest Link
The Roots of Wisdom Exhibition: Native Knowledge Shared Science

This exhibition explores four inspiring stories of environmental and cultural restoration, and is a 5-year cross-cultural collaboration involving OMSI, IEI, Smithsonian NMAI and four Native Community partners.

TEK, cultural revitalization, sovereignty, self determination, social justice, restoration National Link
The Washington-British Columbia Transboundary Climate-Connectivity Project NPLCC

The Washington-British Columbia Transboundary Climate-Connectivity Project engaged science-practice partnerships to identify potential climate impacts on wildlife habitat connectivity in the transboundary region of Washington and British Columbia, and adaptation actions for addressing these impacts. This gallery includes data gathered or created as part of this project, as well as accompanying reports describing key findings for 13 case studies (including 11 species, a vegetation system, and a region).

A primary goal of this project was to increase practitioners' capacity to access, interpret, and apply existing climate and connectivity models to their decision-making. For this reason, many of the data layers included in this gallery have been reproduced with slight modification from existing sources; detailed information on original data sources can be found in the metadata provided with each layer.

Data-set, Climate Modeling, Landscape-level Climate Impacts, Scientific Data Washington, International (Canada), Northwest Link
Tribal College Research Grant Program USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture

The 1994 Land-Grants often serve as the primary institution of scientific inquiry, knowledge and learning for reservation communities. This funding allows them to address the questions that matter to these communities such as protecting reservation forests or monitoring water quality. Projects may help a tribe improve bison herd productivity, discover whether traditional plants can play a role in managing diabetes or control invasive species. The grant's partnership requirement ensures that other federal and Land-Grant research entities can share resources and knowledge with these, the newest Land-Grants. In addition, this grant places an emphasis on training students in science.

reservation communities, science, research, tribal education, tribal colleges Link
Tribal Communities and Climate Change EPA

The Tribal Communities page contains links to EPA resources as well as sites outside of EPA with information that can help tribes reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency, land use planning, renewable energy, transportation, water/wastewater, and waste management. This page also provides information on collaborating with state and local governments, organizations, and Tribal Colleges and Universities for funding and partnering opportunities.

Education National Link
Tribal Eco-Ambassadors Program EPA

Applications accepted continuously. EPA conducts research in partnership with tribal colleges and universities (TCUs). Selected professors from eight different TCUs will receive funding and technical support from EPA to work with a group of students to solve environmental and public health issues most important to their tribal communities, ranging from sustainable building materials to monitoring of local drinking water wells.

Health, Research, Water, Natural Resources Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Tribal Energy and Environmental Information Clearinghouse (TEEIC) OIEED

The Tribal Energy and Environmental Information Clearinghouse (TEEIC) is an activity funded by the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (OIEED) to Argonne National Laboratory. TEEIC provides information about the environmental effects of energy development on tribal lands. The site includes information about energy resource development and associated environmental impacts and mitigation measures; guidance for conducting site-specific environmental assessments and developing monitoring programs; information about applicable federal laws and regulations; and federal and tribal points of contact.

Energy Development, Impact Assessment, Legal National Link
Tribal Equity Grants Program USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture

The 1994 Land-Grants use Equity to support faculty who develop classes and degree programs that teach science and math to Native Americans. The programs focus on agriculture, natural resources and human sciences. The faculty strive to graduate students who can achieve their life goals. Since many 1994 Land-Grants are two-year schools, some students aspire to advanced degrees. Other students seek training to begin a vocational career in agriculture. Still other students want to earn certifications just to improve their daily lives. Faculty have used Equity funding to help build laboratories, conduct remedial courses, create new degree programs in forestry and provide students stipends so they can complete their education. The goal is to graduate empowered students who can embrace their future with new skills and knowledge.

math, science, agriculture, natural resources, human sciences, vocational training, education Link
Tribal Extension Grant Program USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture

The Tribal College Extension grant program allows the 1994 Land-Grants to create extension offices for their reservation communities. Each extension office works with reservation communities to build programs that target local needs. The result is a diversified and targeted outreach. Reservation youth participate in fun activities in a safe environment. Farmers and ranchers gain science-based insights to improve their productivity. Financial literacy training enhances rural reservation economies. The 1994 Land-Grants also provide culture-centered family activities to restore Native languages, traditions and agriculture. Within this grant program are two types of funds: Capacity grants and Special Emphasis. Capacity grants fund an entire Extension office which can have many mission areas and clients. Special Emphasis are targeted, short-term pilot projects that allow Extension educators to explore new ways to better serve their community.

reservation communities, financial literacy training, education, culture, native languages, traditions, agrculture Link
U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit NOAA, CEQ, DOI, USGS

The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit provides scientific tools, information, and expertise to help people manage their climate-related risks and opportunities, and improve their resilience to extreme events. The site is designed to serve interested citizens, communities, businesses, resource managers, planners, and policy leaders at all levels of government.

Climate change, tribal programs, Adaptation, Mitigation National, Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Southeast, Alaska Link
U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit NOAA, CEQ, DOI, USGS

The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit provides scientific tools, information, and expertise to help people manage their climate-related risks and opportunities, and improve their resilience to extreme events. The site is designed to serve interested citizens, communities, businesses, resource managers, planners, and policy leaders at all levels of government.

Climate change, tribal programs, Adaptation, Mitigation National, Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Southeast, Alaska 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
Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative Landscape Conservation Cooperative

The Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC is a partnership of more than 30 agencies and organizations that are working to connect science and natural resources management across this important region. Through a collaborative approach among natural resources agencies and organizations, the LCC is paving the way to effectively respond to and prepare for the social, environmental and economic challenges of this dynamically changing landscape.

Climate change, scientific research, Conservation, policy Midwest, Great Lakes, International, Canada Link
US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Climate Change Strategy FWS

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s (FWS) Climate Change Strategy establishes a basic framework within which the Service will work as part of the larger conservation community to help ensure the sustainability of fish, wildlife, plants and habitats in the face of accelerating climate change.

Conservation National Link
US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Native American Liaisons Office FWS

The Office of the Native American Liaison offers tribal grants for the development and implementation of programs that benefit wildlife and their habitat, including species of Native American cultural or traditional importance and that are not hunted or fished.

Conservation National Link
US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Native American Liaisons Office FWS

The Office of the Native American Liaison offers tribal grants for the development and implementation of programs that benefit wildlife and their habitat, including species of Native American cultural or traditional importance and that are not hunted or fished.

Conservation National Link
US Geological Survey (USGS) Climate and Land Use Change Research Program USGS

The USGS undertakes scientific research to address the effects of climate and land use change on the Nation’s resources. The resulting research and products are provided as the scientific foundation upon which policymakers, natural resource managers, and the public make informed decisions about the management of natural resources on which they and others depend.

Research National Link
US Geological Survey (USGS) National Climate Change & Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) USGS

NCCWSC is a partnership-oriented institution who works closely with natural resource agencies and scientists inside and outside government to gather the information and build the tools managers need to help fish and wildlife and their habitats and ecosystems adapt to climate change.

Conservation, Research National Link

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