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Vulnerability Assessments

What are Assessments?

Climate change assessments bring together scientific research and observations from multiple disciplines to identify and quantify the expected impacts of climate change. These assessments can focus on understanding current and predicted climate changes and what is causing them, the consequences of climate change, or the options for responding to climate change. They can vary greatly in their scope as well, from addressing climate change globally to looking at a specific location or resource.

Assessments are valuable tools that help us to understand the changes happening around us and provide essential information for future management decisions.

Types of Assessments

There are many different types of assessments that can be conducted, depending on managers' objectives and desired outcomes. For example, vulnerability assessments determine a system’s sensitivity and ability to adapt to climate change, and provide valuable information that can be used to develop management actions in response.

This fact sheet provides a summary.

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments Across the Nation

The Office of Sustainability and Climate developed a new tool highlighting the potential effects of climate change on a wide range of natural and cultural resources across the nation. The Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments Across the Nation story map is a resource for professionals, researchers, managers, and the public to use when addressing disturbances, extreme weather events, and changing climatic conditions. The story map showcases locations where agencies have conducted climate change vulnerability assessments. Through an easy-to-use interactive dashboard, forest managers and scientists can filter assessments by region, access detailed information about each assessment, and look at charts showing when vulnerability assessments were completed and for which resource areas.