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 Organizationsort descending Description Category Geography Website
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
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
SNAP Data SNAP Data

SNAP produces downscaled, historical and projected climate data for sub-Arctic and Arctic regions of Alaska and Canada. We also share other types of project-specific data that cover much larger regions. Dataset categories include: Observed Historical, Modeled Historical, and Modeled Projected.

climate modeling, climate projection, information, database Alaska, Northwestern Canada Link
Southeast Alaska Conservation Council Southeast Alaska Conservation Council

For more than 40 years, SEACC has brought local voices together to defend the last great salmon strongholds on our planet, protecting the foundation of a $1 billion fishing industry that powers our local communities and supplies wild salmon to the world. Our members are the fishermen, hunters, scientists, small saw millers, Alaska Natives, hikers, paddlers, and business owners who live, work, and play in Southeast Alaska. We're united by our love of this place, and our unique, salmon-based way of life. With wealth inequality at a record high, and climate change connecting social and environmental problems, the time is now to band together for justice across every line that has ever divided us.

fishing industry, salmon, community health, wealth inequality, climate change, environmental justice Alaska (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
Public Health Working Group for the Climate Action Team State of California

The Public Health Working Group's task is to address cross-cutting issues related to climate change and health. The Working Group is responsible for providing public health input into the AB 32 implementation process, as well as other public health issues related to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Public Health, climate change, adaptation, planning, mitigation California Link
The Hoonah Native Forest Partnership Sustainable Southeast Partnership

The Hoonah Native Forest Partnership (HNFP) is a science-based, landscape scale, community forest approach to watershed planning and project implementation. The overall goal of the HNFP is to achieve a measurable and resilient blend of timber, salmon and deer production, local economic diversification and improved watershed health. The HNFP is one of southeast Alaska’s premiere all-lands, all-hands initiatives and our hopes is that this effort can be used as a model for other areas in the region.

science, community forest, watershed planning, implementation, natural resources, wildlife conservation, watershed health Alaska Link
Climate Change: Native Voices from the Pacific Northwest Coast Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

This short film depicts Indigenous Pacific Northwest Coast views on impacts from projected changes due to sea level rise and storm surge.

Tribal Health, health, climate change impacts, environmental healht, food safety, natural resources, cultural resources Washington Link
Indigenous Health Indicators Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

The overarching aims of the project are to create and test a set of community-based indicators of indigenous health specific to Native American tribal communities in the Puget Sound/ Salish Sea region of the Pacific Northwest. Indigenous Health Indicators (IHIs) are necessary because current U.S. government public health regulations and policies are based on a position that views risks and impacts as objective measures of dose-response assessments and physiological morbidity or mortality outcomes but does not otherwise connect them to social or cultural beliefs and values integral to Native American definitions of health.

Public health, Tribal Health, TK, Environmental Health, Climate Change, data Washington, Puget Sound, Pacific Northwest 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
Advanced Oregon Wildfire Risk Explorer The Oregon Department of Forestry

The Oregon Wildfire Risk Explorer is designed to increase wildfire awareness, give a comprehensive view of wildfire risk and local fire history, and educate users about wildfire prevention and mitigation resources. The site provides decision support for homeowners, communities, and professionals to identify and prioritize local fire prevention and mitigation efforts.

wildfire, prevention, planning, mitigation, natural hazard Oregon Link
Tribal Healthy Homes Network THHN

The Tribal Healthy Homes Network is a tribally-led coalition that strives to find and share solutions for healthy, sustainable, and safe housing. We search for and help develop effective programs, and share our results with tribes. We also serve as a clearinghouse for technical support, program guidance, resources, and funding.

Tribal Health, healthy housing, technical support, funding National Link
Alaska Native Science Commission Tribal Entity

The Alaska Native Science Commission (ANSC) was established in 1994 to bring together research and science in partnership with the Native community. It serves as a clearinghouse for proposed research, an information base for ongoing and past research and an archive for significant research involving the Native community. ANSC provides information, referral and networking services for researchers seeking active partners in the Native community and communities seeking research partners.

research, clearinghouse, ethics Alaska, Arctic Link
Climate Change and Human Health U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) considers climate change to be one of the top public health challenges of our time. Our mission to protect the health and well-being of people in the United States depends on healthy and sustainable environments.

Public Health, climate change, resources, information National Link
Hot-Dry-Windy Index (HDW) U.S. Forest Service, St. Cloud University

The Hot-Dry-Windy Index (HDW) was designed to help users determine which days are more likely to have adverse atmospheric conditions that make it more difficult to manage a wildland fire. It combines weather data from the surface and low levels of the atmosphere into a first-look product.

wildfire management, weather conditions, prevention National Link
US Coastal Property at Risk from Rising Seas Union of Concerned Scientists

This national analysis identifies the number of US homes at risk from chronic flooding over the coming decades due to sea level rise. It also shows the current property value, estimated population, and portion of the property tax base at risk. Information is available by state, community, and zip code. For this analysis, chronic flooding is defined to be flooding that occurs 26 times or more per year, a level of disruption also referred to as chronic inundation. Two time frames are featured. The first falls within the lifespan of a 30-year mortgage issued today. The second extends out to 2100, when more than 2.4 million of today's homes could be at risk. The challenges and choices that come with rising seas are profound and have significant implications for coastal residents, communities, and the broader economy. We explore these implications in the closing section.

chronic flooding, rising sea level, coastal communities, relocation, infrastructure, US coastlines 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
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
White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) (Obama Administration Archive) US Executive Office of the President

Through interagency working groups and coordination with other EOP components, CEQ works to advance the President’s agenda. It also balances competing positions, and encourages government-wide coordination, bringing Federal agencies, state and local governments, and other stakeholders together on matters relating to the environment, natural resources and energy. In addition, CEQ oversees the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive. The role of the Federal Environmental Executive is to promote sustainable environmental stewardship throughout the Federal government. In addition, CEQ oversees Federal agency implementation of the environmental impact assessment process and acts as a referee when agencies disagree over the adequacy of such assessments.

Coordination, Advisory, Regulatory National 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
Rural Development (RD) Energy Programs USDA

These programs have funds available to complete energy audits and feasibility studies, complete energy efficiency improvements, install renewable energy systems. Their programs help convert older heating sources to cleaner technologies, produce advanced biofuels, install flexible fuel pumps, install solar panels, build biorefineries, and much more. USDA Rural Development is at the forefront of renewable energy financing, with options including grants, guaranteed loans and payments.

Development, Assistance National Link
Rural Utilities Program USDA

USDA Rural Development provides funding opportunities in the form of payments, grants, loans, and loan guarantees, for the development and commercialization of vital utility services. These programs revitalize rural communities with a variety of infrastructure improvements, and create sustainable opportunities for wealth, new jobs, and increased economic activity in rural America.

Energy, Development, Assistance National Link
ERS: Rural Economy and Population USDA

On topics related to the rural economy and rural populations, ERS conducts research on 1) Business & Industry, 2) Employment & Education, 3) Natural Amenities, 4) Population & Migration, 5) Rural Classifications, and 6) Rural Poverty & Well-being.

business, education, population, rural communities, poverty, public health, research Rural Areas Link
USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) USDA

USDA/ERS is a primary source of economic information and research that conducts applied social science research, analyzes food and commodity markets, produces policy studies, and develops economic and statistical indicators involving food, farming, natural resources, and rural development.

research, economic analysis, social science, food and commodity, statistics, natural resources, rural development, mitigation National Link
Economic Research Service; Climate Change USDA

The Earth's temperature is rising as a result of increased atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases. Agriculture is a source of methane and nitrous oxide emissions, two prominent greenhouse gases. Changes in agricultural practices can reduce emissions of these gases, and reduce atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide by sequestering carbon in soil.

Climate change will affect crop and livestock yields worldwide, which will lead to changes in food and fiber consumption, prices of agricultural commodities, and farm incomes.

ERS is uniquely positioned to analyze these changes through its expertise on the economics of:

Land use and management,
Technology adoption, and
Environmental program design.

land use management, technology adoption, greenhouse gas emissions, agriculture, carbon dioxide, carbon sequestration National Link
Economic Research Service; Environmental Quality USDA

ERS analyzes the use and efficacy of conservation practices and of Federal programs and policies in combating the harmful effects of agriculture as they relate to: Soil quality, as compromised by wind and water erosion; Water quality, as compromised by chemical/pesticide and nutrient runoff; Air quality, as compromised by soil particulates, farm chemicals, and odor from livestock; Wildlife habitat, as compromised by fragmentation, monoculture (which reduces landscape diversity), and diverting water for irrigation; and Wetlands, as compromised by conversion to cropland

conservation, agriculture, soil quality, wind and water erosion, water quality, air quality, wildlife habitat, wetlands National Link
USDA Rural Information Center (RIC) USDA

The Rural Information Center (RIC) assists local communities by providing information and referral services to local, tribal, state, and federal government officials; community organizations; libraries; businesses; and citizens working to maintain the vitality of America's rural areas. The RIC web site contains links to current and reliable information on a wide variety of rural resources and funding sources, including RIC's Database: Federal Funding Sources for Rural Areas Database.

research, development, referral services, rural areas, community Rural Link
National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC) USDA

Gateway to invasive species information; covering Federal, State, local, and international sources.

invasive species, adaptation, planning, research National Link
Agricultural Law Information Partnership USDA

The Agricultural Law Information Partnership is a collaboration between the National Agricultural Library, National Agricultural Law Center (NALC) and the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) at Vermont Law School. The Partnership supports the dissemination of agricultural and food law information to consumers, researchers and legal professionals. Agricultural law is defined broadly to include land-based agriculture, food and fiber production and systems, aquaculture and energy issues.

agriculture, research, food safety, food and fiber production, aquaculture, energy National Link
Water and Agriculture Information Center (WAIC) USDA

Water and Agriculture Information Center (WAIC) provides electronic access to information on water and agriculture. The center collects, organizes, and communicates the scientific findings, educational methodologies, and public policy issues related to water and agriculture.

food and nutrition, research, National Link

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