Tools for Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change

Title Tool Form Tool Theme Geo Focus Creator Description Demo Link
Template for Addressing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options (TACCIMO)
Web based Forest planning United States USDA Forest Service Partnership

The Template for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options (TACCIMO) is a literature review and annotated publication database of climate change knowledge for forest ecosystems.

Actions Likely to Increase Plant and Animal Resilience to Climate Change
Web based conservation planning California The Nature Conservancy

This map-viewer from The Nature Conservancy allows you to explore the results of a state-wide vulnerability assessment and see recommended conservation actions based on the study for any area in the state.

AdaptWest Ecoregion Climate Explorer
Web based historic and projected climate data Western North America

A tool for visualizing current and projected future climate data for North American ecoregions.

Web based Temperature, Snowpack, Precipitation, Wildfire California UC Berkeley Geospatial Innovation Facility

CalAdapt provides tools to display colorful maps, map animations, and easy-to-read graphs that illustrate how the climate may change based on a variety of different potential social and economic factors.

CalAdapt Threatened Areas Maps
Web based Sea level rise California UC Berkeley Geospatial Innovation Facility

Map tool displays areas that may be in threat of inundation during an extreme flood event (100 year flood) for current and three projected sea levels. Uses a simple "bathtub" model; maps are available for the entire coastline.

California Climate and Hydrology Change Graphs
Web based Climate change, hydrology California Climate Commons

This graphing tool presents historical and projected climate and hydrology data values from the California Basin Characterization Model dataset plotted over time for 156 hydrologic basins (HUC-8 basins) that comprise hydrologic California.

Web based Invasive plants California California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC)

CalWeedMapper uses maps of invasive plant distributions and information about plant spread to inform strategic weed management planning. Contains current distribution maps of 210 invasive plants, maps of suitable range in 2010 and 2050 climate for 79 species. Provides reports of recommended action for a user-defined region.

Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE)
Web based Climate adaptation World EcoADapt

The CAKE website provides searchable collections of four types of climate adaptation information resources: case studies, a document library, a directory of people and organizations, and online tools. Practitioners can join the CAKE Community to participate in discussions and stay abreast of events and topics.

Climate Commons Hosted Datasets
Web based Climate change impacts, hydrology, species distribution, historic and projected climate data California Point Blue Conservation Science, CA LCC

Provides viewing and download of spatial data useful for assessing climate change and its impacts at the watershed scale. Data available here include the Basin Characterization Model, conservation prioritization, and species distribution models.

Climate Registry for the Assessment of Vulnerability (CRAVe)
Web based Species Vulnerability United States EcoAdapt

CRAVe is a searchable database of natural and human resource climate change vulnerability assessments developed for the USGS. Users must create an account and log in, and can add records.

Climate Wizard
Web based historic and projected climate data World, United States TNC, U. of Washington, and U. of So. Mississippi

Online mapping tool that lets you view historic and projected temperature and rainfall maps for anywhere in the world and download climate change maps. Data for the U.S. is 4 km PRISM (historic) and 12 km CMIP3 models (future).

Coastal Resilience
Web based Sea level rise, Tidal marshes Coastal California The Nature Conservancy

Flexible online ESRI-based mapping tool with many data layers intended for use in coastal community planning, allowing for consideration of approaches to address sea level rise adaptation for habitats and human infrastructure. Allows user to create custom maps and generate a URL to use for sharing the map and data or embed it in another website.

Conservation Lands Network Explorer Tool
Web based conservation planning San Francisco Bay Area Bay Area Open Space Council

Explore Conservation Lands Network data layers for a user-selected polygon including vegetation types, rarity rankings, protected lands, streams, topography, connectivity, and climate change indices; generate a biodiversity and conservation value report for your region of interest.

Data Basin
Web based conservation planning World Conservation Biology Institute

Data Basin provides online map-making and data-sharing utilities, allowing the user to discover and use shared spatial data & related information, create maps and do certain spatial analyses, use collaborative tools in groups, and publish datasets and maps in organized galleries.

Data Basin Climate Center
Web based Climate change World Conservation Biology Institute

An online mapping and analysis environment with a large collection of datasets. Provides services in data processing and hosting, map creation and sharing, and training.

Desert LCC Conservation Planning Atlas
Web based Desert ecosystems Southwest United States Desert LCC

The Desert LCC Conservation Planning Atlas is a platform for data discovery, sharing, and collaboration for stakeholders throughout the Desert LCC area. Allows users to search for spatial datasets, visualize LCC-supported projects, and learn more about conservation science and design in the region.

Future San Francisco Bay Tidal Marshes
Web based Tidal marshes San Francisco Bay and Estuary Point Blue Conservation Science

Allows the user to select sea-level rise and sedimentation scenarios to examine future tidal marsh habitat change in the San Francisco Bay Estuary over the next 100 years.

Hazus-Multi-Hazard (MH)
Desktop GIS Economic loss, Preparedness, Natural Hazards United States

A powerful risk assessment methodology for analyzing potential losses from floods, hurricane winds, coastal surge and earthquakes.

Web based carbon sequestration United States

A web-based visualization tool for assessing carbon storage and fluxes in the nation's ecosystems.

Modeling Bird Distribution Responses to Climate Change
Web based birds California Point Blue Conservation Science

Probabilities of occurrence of California Birds Species of Special Concern modeled using present day and future projected vegetation and climate variables.

NatureServe Vista
Desktop GIS conservation planning United States NatureServe

NatureServe Vista® is a free, ArcGIS extension that automates advanced spatial analyses for planners and managers.

NatureServe's Climate Change Vulnerability Index
Spreadsheet Species Vulnerability United States NatureServe

Allows the user to apply information about a species’ natural history, distribution and landscape circumstances to predict whether it will likely suffer a range contraction, population reductions, or both during the coming years.

NOAA's Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer
Web based Coastal communities, Tidal marshes, Socioeconomics Coastal United States, California NOAA

Online map-generation software that overlays social and economic data onto potential sea level rise data for a view of potential impacts on communities and tidal marshes from inundation and tidal flooding.

Web based fisheries Coastal United States

Provides access to information about the distribution (latitude and depth) of marine species involved in commercial and recreational fishing over time.

Our Coast Our Future (OCOF)
Web based Sea level rise Coastal Central California Point Blue Conservation Science

A decision support tool developed with the user community to support understanding of infrastructure and ecosystem vulnerabilities from sea level rise and storm hazards. The model incorporates factors such as water levels, wave heights, flooding, and erosion.

Riparian Restoration Design Database, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Spreadsheet restoration Coastal Central California Point Blue Conservation Science

The Riparian Restoration Design Database helps restoration practitioners develop planting designs that are more resilient to climate change by selecting plants with a range of phenology, services, and requirements.

Web based climate, weather United States Southwest Climate Science Center

The Southwest Climate and ENvironmental Information Collaborative (SCENIC) serves as an access point of climate information for the full extent or any subset of the Southwest US. Users can download various climate datasets and utilize our custom build decision support tools to analyze and visualize the data. Data request can be customized by spatial and temporal extend and analysis can be performed on custom subsets of the available data. Data includes observational station data, historical and current gridded data, and climate projection data.

Web based Spatial data United States USGS

ScienceBase is a scientific data and information management platform. Geared primarily toward spatial data management by federal government agencies and partnerships, the system offers cataloging, hosting, visualization, web services, and documentation tools as well as the ability to create a community to share information.

Sea Level Rise Projection Comparison Tool
Web based Sea level rise Coastal United States Point Blue Conservation Science

These dynamic graphs from the OCOF Program provide a comparative look at some of the most commonly cited sea level rise reports.

Simple Population Model Tool for Four Marsh Bird Species
Spreadsheet birds, Tidal marshes San Francisco Bay and Estuary Point Blue Conservation Science

This spreadsheet tool was created to enable managers to assess known and potential risks, and to evaluate the efficacy of proposed management actions to counteract threats to long-term viability of four key San Francisco Bay marsh species.

SLAMM - Sea Level Rise Affecting Marshes Model
Desktop GIS Tidal marshes Coastal United States Warren Pinnacle Consulting, Inc.

This mathematical model requires the use of MS Excel and ArcGIS. It uses digital elevation data and other information to simulate potential impacts of long-term sea level rise on wetlands and shorelines.

Web based Tidal marshes Coastal United States, National Wildlife Refuges Image Matters, LLC; USFWS

A web browser-based application that provides tools for improved understanding of results from research projects that employ the Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM).

SLAMM-View presently provides access to the digital geospatial data results from SLAMM simulations run for three regional Projects, and seven site-specific Projects (see list on their website) as well as 68 additional site-specific Projects from simulations run for National Wildlife Refuges (NWR).

Surging Seas
Web based Sea level rise Coastal United States Climate Central

Provides local sea level rise and flood risk projections in interactive maps comparing RCP 2.6, 4.5, and 6.0 carbon emissions scenarios up to 2100.

The Climate Commons
Web based Climate change California The California Landscape Conservation Cooperative

The Climate Commons offers searchable catalogs containing documents, datasets, and web resources pertaining to climate change science applicable to conservation in California. The website also has articles interpreting climate science for the manager, a tool comparison section, and serves as the data repository for research projects funded by the CA LCC.

The Climate Hub Tool Shed
Web based Agriculture, Forest planning United States USDA Climate Hub

The Climate Hub Tool Shed is a searchable database of 147 tools that can assist agricultural and forest land managers in adapting to climate variability and change. Tools include specialized calculators, maps, models, and datasets estimating a variety of outputs (e.g., crop production, greenhouse gas flux, and species distribution).

The Impacts of Sea-Level Rise on the California Coast: Sea-Level Rise Maps
Web based Sea level rise, Coastal communities California Pacific Institute; California Energy Commission

Interactive maps show the threat of inundation due to flooding over three depths based on a 100-year flood scenario starting at MHHW, areas at risk from erosion in 2100 with a 1.4 m SLR, and areas where wetlands may migrate by 2100 if unimpeded.

The Land Use Portfolio Model
Desktop GIS Public Safety, Natural Hazards

A tool for modeling, mapping, and communicating risk designed to help public agencies and communities understand and reduce their vulnerability to, and risk of, natural hazards.

Threat Assessments on California Rangelands
Web based rangelands California Central Valley USGS

Online maps allowing the user to view changes in ecosystem services in rangelands within the Central Valley across future scenarios.

USGS CASCaDE Potential Inundation due to Rising Sea Levels in the San Francisco Bay Region
Web based Sea level rise San Francisco Bay and Estuary USGS

This visualization shows a color-coded representation of vulnerability to inundation by average 100-year high-water levels for different amounts of sea level rise. Does not take levees into account; areas behind levees would only be inundated if those structures were to fail.

Web based climate-smart conservation World World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

This tool teaches key concepts and terminology needed for applying climate-smart conservation principles.