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Vulnerability Assessments


What are Vulnerability Assessments?

Vulnerability assessments determine a species, ecosystem, or other system’s sensitivity and ability to adapt to climate change. Vulnerability is defined as the degree to which a human or natural system is susceptible to, and unable to cope with, the adverse effects of climate change, including associated climate variability and extremes. Extremes can include extreme heat, cold, heavy rainfall, or drought. 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.

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments 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.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/managing-land/sc/vulnerability-assessments