Guide for Considering Climate Change in Coastal Conservation

Climate change is affecting coastal environments, calling for revised conservation approaches, and therefore must be considered in long-term planning. The Guide for Considering Climate Change in Coastal Conservation and associated self-guided training from the NOAA Office of Coastal Management’s Digital Coast provide a step-by-step approach for incorporating climate change information into new or existing conservation plans. The guide’s six steps draw from existing strategic conservation planning frameworks but focus on climate considerations and key resources specifically relevant to the coastal environment, including coastal watersheds.