Climate Adaptation Tools

The aim of the Climate Adaptation Tool page is to assist users in developing climate change adaptation strategies and plans by providing guidance, links to relevant sources and dedicated tools.

U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit for Tribal Nations

Resources gathered by the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Council on Environmental Quality to assist American Indian Tribes with understanding and addressing climate issues that impact their communities. The website includes:


Native Waters on Arid Lands Climate Projections for 10 Native Communities

Native Waters on Arid Lands team member Dr. Michael Dettinger has prepared climate projections for temperature and precipitation for ten reservations in the Great Basin and Southwestern US: the Colorado River, Duck Valley, Duckwater, Gila River, Hopi, Navajo Nation, Pyramid Lake Paiute, Uintah and Ouray, Walker Lake, and Zuni reservations.

The projections, which are constructed using 15 climate models and two emissions scenarios, extend through the year 2100 and show increases in temperature at all ten reservations, changes in precipitation that vary by location (wetter in northern locations/drier in southern locations), and increases in precipitation extremes (floods and droughts). To view the temperature and precipitation projections, follow this link.



National Climate Assessment Report

A quadrennial report to Congress and the President that assesses the impacts of climate change on the U.S. Chapter 12 of this report focuses on Indigenous Peoples, Lands, and Resources.

Climate Change Planning Tools for First Nation Guidebooks

A series of six guidebooks produced by the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources in Winnipeg, Canada which contain suggestions of how a First Nation might plan for climate change, how to involve the community, and activities that a First Nation can use to involve members of the community to set priorities and achieve them. 1) Starting the Planning Process; 2) Climate Change Impacts in the Community; 3) Vulnerability and Community Sustainability; 4) Identifying Solutions; 5) Taking Adaptive Action; and 6) Monitoring Progress and Change.

Climate Basics

Resources offered by the Climate Change Resource Center of the U.S. (USDA) Forest Service. The site includes information on natural resource management and climate change, interactive exercises on climate change science, a primer on climate change science and current climate trends, and FAQs.