CT, DC, DE, MA, ME, MD, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT (includes Chesapeake Bay)

Changing Temperatures

Trends indicating warming temperatures have been observed on land and in the ocean and surface waters. These changes drive other impacts as well and may negatively affect ecosystems and species.

Climate Change Action in Coastal Habitats: Additional Resources and Websites

Resource list highlighting additional resources from federal agency partners addressing conservation in a changing climate.

Climate change effects on biodiversity, ecosystems, ecosystem services, and natural resource management in the United States

This nation-wide assessment from leading biologists from National Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC), discusses how climate-induced impacts on ecosystems and biodiversity affect the availability of nature’s beneficial services to society and provides recommendations to support adaptive management efforts to mitigate these effects.

Climate Change Resource Center

The United States Forest Service’s (USFS) Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) is a collection of forest management resources. It includes an extensive library, climate change and carbon tools, webinars and short courses by topic area and ecosystem, as well as an introductory webinar for new users.

Climate Change, Carbon, and the Forests of the Northeast

“Climate Change, Carbon, and the Forests of the Northeast” serves as a science-based and practical guide for policymakers and elected officials who are charged with developing policies for overall carbon dioxide reductions. In addition, the report serves as a practical guide for management in the Northeast to support resilience and maximize carbon sequestration on forestlands.

Coastal Areas Impacts and Climate Change Adaptation Website

The Coastal Areas Impacts and Climate Change Adaptation Website offers assessments of climate change impacts and adaptation efforts by region or by sector. It also provides additional resources, including an adaptation overview, which highlights examples of adaptation and ongoing adaptation efforts.

Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper

The Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper supports users undertaking a community-based approach to assessing coastal hazard risks and vulnerabilities by providing maps that show people, places, and natural resources exposed to coastal flooding. This spatial visualization tool shows maps of people, places, and natural resources exposed to coastal flood hazards including FEMA flood zones, shallow coastal flooding, sea level rise, storm surge.

Coastal Resilience

The Nature Conservancy’s Coastal Resilience Network provides geographically targeted resources to address ecological and socio-economic risks of coastal hazards through raising awareness, assessing risk, identifying choices, and taking action.

Coastal Vulnerability Maps and Study – U.S. East Coast and Texas

Coastal Vulnerability Maps and Study shows the elevation of coastal areas from Massachusetts to Florida as well as Texas. A sea level rise planning study which integrates information related to land use, zoning, and anticipated development to determine the future likelihood of shore protection and prevention of inland wetland migration is also included.

Conservation of Piping Plovers at Napatree Point: A Case Study in Collaboration, Science, and Education

One of the first activities initiated by the Watch Hill Conservancy (WHC) when it was established was to create a partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to collaboratively work to protect the piping plovers on Napatree. Plovers are the emblematic logo of the WHC. WHC personnel assist FWS scientists in a number of ways: they help erect fencing to keep the public away from plover nesting and feeding sites, observe plovers for nest building behavior, monitor nests, and remove fencing at the end of the season.

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