The ESF has been responding to potential climate change impacts by working cooperatively to study and address salt marsh loss. In addition to working with agencies and regional research facilities, ESF conservation projects such as constructing water control structures to adapt to rising sea levels and acquisition and management efforts to “clear the floodplain” address climate change challenges by allowing for migration of tidal marshes and building ecological resilience.
Sea level rise amplifies hazards such as coastal erosion, inundation due to storm surge, extreme tides, and tsunami, and is projected to lead to more frequent and increasingly severe flooding. To respond to these threats conservation efforts on the 277-acre Waihe’e Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge aim to mitigate impacts of sea level rise, promote habitat restoration, and support food security and community sustainability.
To inform management decisions in the region, TNC-CA and partners conducted comprehensive climate change planning and vulnerability assessments for this area. The climate change planning effort began by identifying six key species and habitats in the Mount Hamilton project area.
The Nature Conservancy’s Climate Wizard was developed by TNC scientists along with partners at the University of Washington and the University of Southern Mississippi. Climate Wizard aims to make climate data more widely available in a user-friendly format to anyone that wants to understand the potential impacts of climate change. This free interactive visualization tool allows users to drill down in both time and space and see the climate change that has occurred to date and the climate change expected to come at a resolution of 12 or 50-square kilometers anywhere in the world.
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 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Coastal Program is a non-regulatory program that provides technical and financial assistance to landowners and coastal communities to restore or protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands.
WRI’s Western U.S. Wildfires and the Climate Change Connection Fact Sheet reports that over the past 30 years there has been a fourfold increase in the number of large and long-duration forest fires in the American West. Size of wildfires has been increasing, with more than half the U.S. Western states experiencing their largest wildfire on record since 2000, and the length of the fire season has expanded by 2.5 months.
Wetlands restoration efforts on this working farm protect human land uses and improve the surrounding slough system.
This interactive policy brief from the Center for Large Landscape Conservation highlights advocacy opportunities for the conservation community to increase connectivity at a landscape scale.