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Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Tools (2011)


A resource through which a matrix of climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation tool characteristics can be found and downloaded. The tools included are not a comprehensive list of tools necessary to conduct climate-relating planning activities. Rather, they are provided to help communities focus on a set of tools to get started in planning for climate change. The tools are divided into sections according to function. Process Tools: are those that will help a community design and conduct a planning process that incorporates the unique elements that address the vulnerabilities, risks and uncertainties inherent in climate-related planning. Portals: give access to other tools and/or data that may be important in climate work. Analytical Tools: allow planners to investigate current conditions and ecosystem processes, determine the effects of potential future conditions, and explore scenarios to determine potential effects of planning decisions. Visualization Tools: allow users to build unique tools and simulations that enable stakeholder engagement though the use of pictures or web-based tools. Socio-economic Tools: provide community level socio-economic data that allows planners and stakeholders to visualize, explore, and understand the social impacts that could result from future hazards and climate change. Natural Resource Tools: can be used to assess the vulnerability of ecosystems or specific species to climate change.

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Ecosystem-based Management Tools Network


Vulnerability assessment tools, adaptation tools, climate-related planning

Climate impacts

Droughts, Extreme Temperatures, Flooding, Ice and Snow, Sea Level Rise, Storms, Water Scarcity


Adaptation Measures and Actions, Vulnerability Assessment


Biodiversity, Coastal areas, Disaster Risk Reduction, Financial, Forestry, Health, Marine and Fisheries, Water management

Geographic characterisation


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