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
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
NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) NOAA

To address challenges ecological, climate related and management challenges to our coasts, the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management’s (OCRM) six divisions oversee a number of programs that assist states in managing, preserving, and developing their marine and coastal resources. OCRM activities include working with states and territories to conserve and protect coral reefs, operate a system of National Estuarine Research Reserves, and implement the National Coastal Zone Management Program, as well as developing a system of marine protected areas.

Coastal, Management National 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
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
North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) DOI, LCC

The North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative provides a partnership in which the private, state, tribal and federal conservation community works together to address increasing land use pressures and widespread resource threats and uncertainties amplified by a rapidly changing climate. The partners and partnerships in the cooperative address these regional threats and uncertainties by agreeing on common goals for land, water, fish, wildlife, plant and cultural resources and jointly developing the scientific information and tools needed to prioritize and guide more effective conservation actions by partners toward those goals.

Conservation, Natural Resources Northeast Link
North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative Landscape Conservation Cooperative

The North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative is a self-directed partnership between federal agencies, states, Tribes/First Nations, non-governmental organizations, universities, and other entities to collaboratively define science needs and jointly address broad-scale conservation issues, such as climate change.

Climate change, scientific research, Conservation, policy Northwest, Coastal, Canada, International, Alaska Link
Northwest Boreal Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) DOI, LCC

Landscape Conservation Cooperatives bring together conservation and resource managers to identify shared interests and pool resources to address landscape-scale stressors, such as climate change. The NWB LCC boundary closely follows that of the Northwestern Interior Forest Bird Conservation Region. The LCC falls within the boreal forest biome and includes Southcentral and Interior Alaska, most of the Yukon Territory, the northern portion of British Columbia, and a small part of Northwest Territories. The area includes over 330 million acres, and encompasses large portions of the Yukon, Kuskokwim, Susitna, and Copper River Basins.

Conservation, Natural Resources Alaska, Canada, International Link
Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center NWCASC

The Department of the Interior Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (NW CASC) was established to help safeguard the natural and cultural resources of Idaho, Oregon, Washington and surrounding river basins. We are a federal-university partnership that produces relevant and accessible science on climate change impacts and adaptation actions for Northwest natural resource managers and policy-makers. This University-Federal partnership allows access to a broad range of scientific expertise, production of high-quality science and the leveraging of funds, resources and facilities.

climate science, climate change, adaptation, mitigation, planning, vulnerability assessment, research, programs, map Northwest Link
Northwest Climate Hub USDA

The Northwest Climate Hub encompasses Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. The purpose of the Hub is to deliver science-based knowledge and practical information to farmers, ranchers, forest landowners, and Native American tribes that will help them to adapt to climate change.

science, outreach, adaptation Northwest Link
Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC) NWIFC, Tribal Entity

The Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission is made up of 20 treaty Indian tribes in western Washington that manage fisheries and protect natural resources through cooperative management. Member tribes are working actively to preserve salmon habitat in the face of changing climate. NWIFC tribes recognize that climate change cannot be understood in isolation but must be examined from the mountains to the sea. Efforts include studying ocean acidification and the impact of climate change on land use, transportation, housing, and natural and cultural resources such as shellfish, salmon and forested areas.

Fisheries, Natural Resources Northwest Link
NorWeST Stream Temperature Database USDA, US Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Rocky Mountain Research Station

The NorWeST webpage hosts stream temperature data and climate scenarios in a variety of user-friendly digital formats for streams and rivers across the western U.S. The temperature database was compiled from hundreds of biologists and hydrologists working for >100 resource agencies and contains >150,000,000 hourly temperature recordings at >20,000 unique stream sites. Those temperature data were used with spatial statistical network models to develop 30 historical and future climate scenarios at 1-kilometer resolution for >1,000,000 kilometers of stream.

Climate change, water temperature, stream health, watershed, water health, water management, National Link
NRCS Tribal Assistance USDA, NRCS

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides conservation programs and technical services to American Indians, Alaska Natives and Tribal governments. This is done through 45 full-time and 30 part-time field offices on Indian lands and through numerous other field offices located off of Indian lands. Working with the Intertribal Agricultural Council (IAC) and Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA) NRCS has assisted with the establishment of 33 Tribal Conservation Districts.

technical assistance, conservation, Intertribal agricultural council, Indian nations conservation alliance 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
Office of Environmental Management (EM) Tribal Programs DOE, EM

The Office of Environmental Management (EM) is involved in the cleanup of nuclear waste at nationwide sites and facilities. The waste, a result of the production of nuclear weapons, has affected sovereign Tribal nations located near these facilities. The Environmental Management program maintains cooperative agreements with Tribal nations to enhance their involvement in cleanup decisions while protecting relevant tribal rights and resources.

Nuclear Waste, Restoration, Clean-up National Link
Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs (OIEPP) DOE, OIEPP

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, or the Office of Indian Energy, is charged by Congress to direct, foster, coordinate, and implement energy planning, education, management, and programs that assist tribes with energy development, capacity building, energy infrastructure, energy costs, and electrification of Indian lands and homes.

Education, Management, Energy, Infrastructure National Link
Open Space Institute Open Space Institute

We work with landowners and local land trusts to acquire land to protect diverse landscapes; preserve habitat for rare or endangered species; ensure water quality; facilitate wildlife adaptation to climate change; and enhance recreational access. We also protect land from future development while it remains in private hands through conservation easements. The Conservation Capitol Program and Citizen Action Program offers loans and grants for land protection and projects that are aligned with our mission. 

climate change, community, social justice, conservation, sustainability. adaptation, mitigation Midwest, Southeast, Northeast Link
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.

Tribal Health, Climate Adaptation, Environmental Health, Emergency Preparedness, Chronic Disease, Social Services Pacific Northwest, Oregon Link
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

Public Health, Climate Adaptation, Collaborative Projects, Environmental Health, Emergency Preparedness, Chronic Disease Prevention, Land Use, Transportation, Natural Resource Planning, Social Services Pacific Northwest, Oregon Link
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
Our Natural Resources (ONR) ONR, Tribal Entity

Our Natural Resources (ONR) is an alliance of intertribal organizations and tribes committed to develop and advance a national tribal natural resources strategy. ONR brings together a unique blend of expertise to support the capacity of tribes to use, protect, restore, and enhance the natural resources that are central to the well-being of all communities. ONR is open to all tribes, organizations, and individuals that support the mission, attainment of the goals, and work towards the vision.

Natural Resource Management National Link
Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative DOI, LCC

The PICCC provides a range of services and tools to help managers in Hawai‘i, the Mariana Islands, American Samoa, and other Pacific Island groups make informed decisions for conservation of natural and cultural resources including climate models at the archipelagic and island scales, ecological response models, and implementation and monitoring strategies for island species, resources, and communities. Our goal is to help managers reach explicit biocultural conservation objectives in the face of climate change and ongoing threats such as fire, land conservation, and invasive species.

Conservation, Natural Resources Pacific Islands, International Link
Pacific Northwest Coast Landscape Conservation Design NGO

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

climate change, traditional foods, restoration, sustainability, management, policy, adaptation, mitigation Oregon, Washington Link
Partners for Fish and Wildlife DOI

The Partners for Fish and Wildlife is a voluntary habitat conservation program that provides technical and financial assistance to private landowners for habitat restoration projects that benefit Federal trust species. For application instructions, contact the local Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program office. For office contact information please visit: http://www.fws.gov/partners/contactUs.html

Natural Resources, Wildlife, Conservation, Fisheries, Water Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Partners for Fish and Wildlife 2013 DOI

The Partners for Fish and Wildlife is a voluntary habitat conservation program that provides technical and financial assistance to private landowners for habitat restoration projects that benefit Federal trust species. 9/28/13 is the end of the Federal fiscal year. For application instructions, contact the local Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program office. For office contact information please visit: http://www.fws.gov/partners/contactUs.html

Natural Resources, Wildlife, Conservation, Fisheries, Water Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, National, Alaska Link
Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative Landscape Conservation Cooperative

The Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative (PFLCC) 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.

Climate change, scientific research, Conservation, policy Southeast, Coastal Link
Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) DOI, LCC

The Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative (PFLCC) is part of a national network of Landscape Conservation Cooperatives(LCCs). LCCs are applied conservation science partnerships among federal agencies, regional organizations, states, tribes, NGOs, private stakeholders, 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.

Conservation, Natural Resources Southeast Link
Plant Conservation Alliance

The Plant Conservation Alliance is a public-private partnership of organizations that share the same goal: to protect native plants by ensuring that native plant populations and their communities are maintained, enhanced, and restored.

Native plants, plant restoration, plant development Link

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