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
Mapping Climate-Resilient Landscapes: Interactive Conservation Planning Atlas for the Northwest LCC, NGO, The Nature Conservancy, NPLCC

The North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative (NPLCC) teamed up with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to share results of a great effort from TNC to identify climate-resilient landscapes in the Pacific Northwest. The project, led by TNC, identified and mapped the most resilient terrestrial sites in the Northwest U.S. that will collectively and individually best sustain native biodiversity, even as the changing climate alters current distribution patterns. Now – this data is available on the NPLCC Conservation Planning Atlas, a tool that visually showcases data-heavy information on a digital map.

Conservation, Adaptation, Planning, Mapping, GIS Northwest Link
Mohawk Seedkeepers

Mohawk Seedkeepers is carrying on the tradition of Indigenous gardening and seed saving. Terrylynn Brant a Mohawk of Six Nations supports gardening initiatives and shares traditional seedkeeping knowledge.

traditional seedkeeping, sustainable living, traditional knowledge Six Nations Indian Reserve, Canada Link
NASA GISS: Record Global Temperatures in 2015. NASA

NOAA Scientists confirmed 2015 to be the warmest year on record, according to this press release:"During 2015, the average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.62°F (0.90°C) above the 20th century average. This was the highest among all years in the 1880-2015 record, surpassing the previous record set last year by 0.29°F (0.16°C). This is also the largest margin by which the annual global temperature record has been broken. Ten months had record high temperatures for their respective months during the year. The five highest monthly departures from average
for any month on record all occurred during 2015. Since 1997, which at the time was the warmest year on record, 16 of the subsequent 18 years have been warmer than that year."

Temperature, Global Climate Change, Temperature Increases National, International Link
National Agricultural Library Natural Resources and Environment Resource Guide USDA

The National Agricultural Library has compiled a set of resources and information pretaining the natural resource and environmental issues.

Natural Resources National Link
National Drought Mitigation Center Drought Planning Resources

The National Drought Mitigation Center hosts a website which includes a wide variety of drought planning resources, including a page dedicated to tribal drought planning.

Drought, Planning, Tribal Planning Resources National Link
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Climate Change and Human Health Program+A57 NIEHS

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is a member of the Interagency Working Group on Climate Change and Health (IWCGGH). The IWCGGH is an effort to develop a strategic plan for basic and applied research on the human health of effects of climate change for use by federal agencies and institutes with a human and environmental health mission. The aim of this project is to look at all aspects of the health implications of climate change.

Research, public health National, International Link
National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) Four Corners Tribal Lands Project NIDIS

Up-to-date information and research on drought in the Four Corners area is available through NIDIS.

Emergency Response, Research, Education National Link
National Marine Sanctuaries NOAA

The mission of NOAA's National Marine Sanctuaries is to serve as the trustee for the nation's system of marine protected areas, to conserve, protect, and enhance their biodiversity, ecological integrity and cultural legacy.

Coastal, Conservation National Link
National Ocean Service NOAA

The National Ocean Service (NOS) translates science, tools, and services into action, to address threats to coastal areas such as climate change, population growth, port congestion, and contaminants in the environment, all working towards healthy coasts and healthy economies.

Coastal, Management 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
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administation (NOAA) Climate Research NOAA

NOAA's research laboratories, Climate Program Office, and research partners conduct a wide range of research into complex climate systems and how they work. These scientists want to improve their ability to predict climate variation in both the shorter term, like cold spells or periods of drought, and over longer terms like centuries and beyond. NOAA researchers will continue their consistent and uninterrupted monitoring of the Earth's atmosphere that can give us clues about long-term changes in the global climate. The data collected worldwide by NOAA researchers aids our understanding of, and ability to forecast changes in, complex climatic systems.

Research National Link
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Portal NOAA

The NOAA web portal provides science and services for a climate-smart nation. We offer a public-friendly point of entry to NOAA’s and our partners’ diverse portfolios of climate data and information. Our goals are to promote public understanding of climate science to make our data products and services easy to access and use for decision-making, to provide climate-related support to the private sector and the Nation’s economy, and to provide quick access to data and information for individuals with very specific questions.

Climate, Education National Link
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Sea Grant NOAA

Environmental stewardship, long-term economic development and responsible use of America’s coastal, ocean and Great Lakes resources are at the heart of Sea Grant’s mission. Sea Grant is a nationwide network (administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA]), of 32 university-based programs that work with coastal communities. The National Sea Grant College Program engages this network of the nation’s top universities in conducting scientific research, education, training, and extension projects designed to foster science-based decisions about the use and conservation of our aquatic resources.

Conservation, Research, Education National Link
National Oceanic and Atmspheric Administration Climate Program Office NOAA

The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a national leader on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The Climate Program Office manages NOAA funding of high-priority climate science. The newly reorganized Climate Service will allow NOAA to provide a reliable and authoritative source for climate data, information, and decision support services and to more effectively coordinate with other agencies and partners.

Research National Link
National Park Service (NPS) Climate Change Response Program NPS, DOI

The Climate Change Response Program provides basic science information on the effects of climate change, and describes the approach the NPS plans to take to manage uncertainty and potential impacts to NPS parks. As part of this program, the NPS has released a Climate Change Action Plan, available here:

Research, Mitigation, Adaptation National Link
National Park Service (NPS) Tribal Historical Preservation Officers Program NPS, DOI

This program is dedicated to working with Indian tribes, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and national organizations, to preserve and protect resources and traditions that are of importance to Native Americans by strengthening their capabilities for operating sustainable preservation programs. The Historic Preservation Fund supports two grants programs: Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPO) and the Tribal Heritage Grants. These two grant programs provide much needed assistance to Native American communities interested in protecting their cultural heritage. Grant information can be found

Cultural Preservation Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
National Park Service Traditional Ecological Knowledge Program NPS

"This site is for anyone interested in working with Indigenous peoples and long-term (hundreds of years) local residents for stewardship of ecosystems. It provides information, resources and discussion for those interested in considering both traditional knowledge and western science. please contact us to submit information for the website for consideration. We honor and respect Mother Earth's caretakers and desire to learn time-tested ways of stewardship."

Traditional Ecological Knowledge, National Parks Management National Link
National Tribal Environmental Council NTEC, Tribal Entity

The National Tribal Environmental Council (NTEC) is dedicated to working with and assisting tribes in the protection and preservation of the reservation environment. NTEC has programs that include training drinking water operators, advancing air quality management policies and programs, and providing tribal technical resources for addressing pesticide issues and concerns. NTEC's membership is open to any federally recognized tribe throughout the United States, and currently has 186 member tribes.

Environmental Protection, Reservations National Link
National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Tribal Lands Conservation Program NGO

The National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) Tribal Lands Conservation Program is working with tribal partners to collaborate on climate change solutions. The NWF’s partnerships with tribes on climate change include meetings and workshops, policy development, natural resource management planning and monitoring, and the formation of an Intertribal Climate Coalition.

Conservation, Natural Resource Management Rocky Mountain Region, Northwest, Midwest Link
Native American Environmental Protection Coalition (NAEPC) NAEPC, Tribal Entity

The Native American Environmental Protection Coalition (NAEPC) is a tribally formed, directed and guided organization that is devoted to strengthening Tribal Sovereignty and building tribal capacity for environmental resources and programs. The mission of NAEPC is to provide technical assistance, environmental education, professional training, information networking and inter-tribal coordination to its member tribes and when possible to non-member tribes. NAEPC offers a digital library of information collected from a variety of sources including national and international on climate change as it applies to indigenous and tribal people, which can be found at:

Environmental Protection National Link
Native American Fish & Wildlife Society (NAFWS) NAFWS, Tribal Entity

The Native American Fish & Wildlife Society (NAFWS) is a national tribal organization established informally during the early 1980's. NAFWS was incorporated in 1983 to develop a national communications network for the exchange of information and management techniques related to self-determined tribal fish and wildlife management.

Natural Resource Management National Link
Native Communities and Climate Change Internet Database- University of Colorado Law School University of Colorado

With funding from Western Water Assessment and the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), this Project is developing an on-line database for Indian tribes and organizations working with tribal communities to obtain relevant climate change adaption information. The web-based database currently contains 300+ documents focused on climate change science and impacts, planning, policy, tools, and examples to help inform tribal adaptation and natural resource strategies. The website also contains an interactive map of relevant activities and links to individuals and organizations working on tribal adaptation efforts.

Drought, Adaptation National Link
Native Cultures and the Maritime Heritage Program NOAA

The Maritime Heritage Program seeks to support research into seafaring traditions and the preservation of maritime folklore and knowledge. Understanding the true human dimensions of our protected marine areas is incomplete without an awareness and recognition of the special cultural ties these areas have to indigenous seafaring cultures. Gaining an awareness of the great variety of human connections to the sea can help us all become better stewards of our ocean resources.

Cultural Preservation, Coastal National Link
Native Food Systems Resource Center First Nations Development Institute

The Native Food Systems Resource Center is an initiative of First Nations Development Institute, under our Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative. Funding for development of this website (and several of our food-related projects) was generously provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. We recognize that accessing healthy food is a challenge for many Native American children and families. Without access to healthy food, a nutritious diet and good health are out of reach. To increase access to healthy food, First Nations supports tribes and Native communities as they build sustainable food systems that improve health, strengthen food security and increase the control over Native agriculture and food systems. First Nations provides this assistance in the form of financial and technical support, including training materials, to projects that address agriculture and food sectors in Native communities.
We also undertake research projects that build the knowledge and understanding of Native agriculture and food-systems issues, and inform Native communities about innovative ideas and best practices. We also participate in policy forums that help develop legislative and regulatory initiatives within this sector.

traditional foods, family health, community health, cultural practices, native economies Colorado, Virginia Link
Native Plant Materials Development Program BLM Plant Conservation Program

The interagency Native Plant Materials Development Program has been working since 2001 to develop high quality seeds and seedlings of America's native plant species for restoration, rehabilitation, and reclamation.

plant restoration, production, native plants, plant development Link
NOAA Climate Program Office (CPO) Regional Integrated Science and Assessments (RISA) Program DOC

The NOAA Climate Program Office's (CPO) Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program supports research teams that conduct innovative, interdisciplinary, user-inspired, and regionally relevant research that informs resource management and public policy.

Natural Resources, Regulatory, Research Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Coastal, Pacific Islands, Alaska Link
NOAA Coastal Services Center NOAA

Many governmental organizations, particularly on the local and state levels, are not fully equipped to address the challenges associated with flooding, hurricanes, sea level rise, and other coastal hazards. It is for this reason the NOAA Coastal Services was created.The Center brings NOAA products and services to these entities, and develops new products and services as well. The Center’s core areas of expertise include geospatial technologies; training; and social science. Products and services developed by the Center include data, tools, training, and technical assistance.

Coastal, Infrastructure National Link
NOAA Coastal Services Center Digital Coast Resource NOAA

This website provides extensive digitized data on the US coasts. While the need for good data forms the foundation of the website, the basic premise behind the effort is the understanding that data alone are not enough. Most people need help turning these data into information that can be used when making important decisions about coastal management. The Digital Coast does just that with data, training, tools, stories from the field and other resources.

Coastal, Management, Research National Link
NOAA Coastal Services Center Hazards and Climate Adaptation Program NOAA

The NOAA Coastal Services Center helps communities take the steps needed to reduce harm to their communities and the planet. Commonly
known as adaptation planning, a wide array of tools and services are available to help communities through this process, from conservation strategies to A to Z information about coastal inundation.

Coastal, Adaptation National Link
NOAA Northeast Regional Climate Center NOAA, DOC

Established in 1983, the Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC) is located in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University. It serves the 12-state region that includes: Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire,
New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia. Major funding is provided through a contract with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Center's staff works cooperatively with the National Climatic Data Center, the National Weather Service, state climate offices, and other interested scientists in the Northeast to acquire and disseminate accurate, up-to-date climate data and information.

Research, Climate Science Northeast Link