Regions

West

AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, TX, UT, WA, WY (includes Pacific Island Territories)

September 2021 Regional Climate Impacts and Outlooks

NOAA and its partners have released the latest Regional Climate Impacts and Outlooks, which recap summer conditions and provide insight into what might be expected this autumn.

Southwest May Have Entered “Drier Climate State”

The Southwest is already the most arid part of the U.S. Now new research indicates it’s becoming even more dry as wet weather patterns, quite literally, dry up.

Spatial Data Visualization Tools

Resource list of key spatial data visualization tools.

Strategic Conservation – Additional Resources

Strategic Conservation – Additional Resources

The Climate of Conservation in America: 50 Stories in 50 States

In the Climate of Conservation in America: 50 Stories in 50 States USFWS highlights various was resource managers are responding to change.

The Elkhorn Slough Foundation – Clearing the Floodplain, Adapting to Change

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.

The Hawaiian Islands Land Trust – Waihe’e Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge

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.

The Nature Conservancy CA – Connecting Multiple Resource Benefit Management to Resiliency Planning

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.

TNC Climate Wizard

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.

US Climate Resilience Toolkit

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.