Upper Snake River Tribes Foundation - Vulnerability Assessment

We are collaborating with the Upper Snake River Tribes Foundation (USRT) to conduct a natural resource focused climate change vulnerability assessment for the Upper Snake River Watershed and the four USRT Tribes. The project spans hundreds of miles from the Burns Paiute Tribe in eastern Oregon to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe in eastern Idaho. We are working closely with our project partners the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute and the Climate Impacts Group to evaluate the climate related vulnerabilities of key species, habitats, and resources of shared concern to the four USRT Tribes.  


Climate Preparedness Plan for the North Olympic Peninsula

The North Olympic Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development Council (NOPRCD), Adaptation International, and Washington Sea Grant worked very closely on a project to assess the climate related vulnerabilities and develop and adaptation plan for the North Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. The region's diverse landscape, which rises from the marine waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound to the top of the Olympic Mountains, is a unique setting for an adaptation planning effort. This project involves extensive  community engagement with more than 175 partners. The Project team conducted 7 workshops bringing together people from across the peninsula and developed state of the art probabilistic sea level rise and coastal flood risk projections for the region.

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Extreme Weather 


Using Critical Thresholds to Customize Climate Projections of Extreme Events to User Needs and Support Decisions     

This NOAA SARP Funded project is piloting a participatory process to identify locally relevant critical thresholds for extreme events, and use these thresholds to customize climate projections to community-specific needs. Identifying and better understanding critical thresholds for extreme events is key to developing effective community responses to climate change.

We are grateful to be working with an amazing set of project partners including three of NOAA's RISA Programs [SCIPPCLIMASWWA], ISET-International and Atmos Research. We are also working with four communities in the South Central U.S. Boulder, COLas Cruces, NMMiami, OK and San Angelo, TX

Our team has conducted 10 workshops to identify, refine, and discuss, extreme weather thresholds that matter to the communities. All four of the pilot communities have grant funding to take action and build resilience. The projects they selected include: developing a lesson on extreme weather and preparedness for 8th graders in Miami, OK and designing and installing a rainwater harvesting system in a local park to demonstrate city leadership, save money, water trees, and be better prepared for drought in San Angelo, TX. 

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

We worked alongside the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) to complete a climate change vulnerability assessment and develop an associated technical report. Collaborating with a variety of tribal departments and the Oregon Climate Change Research Center (OCCRI), we helped the Tribe identify the potential climate impacts to key items of concern The items of concern range from first foods like Salmon and Cous, to homes, critical facilities, and agriculture.


You can check-out the final results of this project in three different ways:



1854 Treaty Authority Tribal Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan

Taking a collaborative approach and working closely with the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessment Center, the 1854 Treaty Authority and their three tribes, we completed a climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation plan for the territory. This natural resource focused assessment combined local climate projects with local and traditional knowledge and expertise to identify differential vulnerability of key species and ecosystems that are important to the tribes. We then developed customized adaptation strategies for eleven focus species. The Executive Summary for the full project report is available here.

Jamestown S'Klallam Tribal Climate Adaptation Project

Adaptation International worked alongside the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State to conduct a climate change vulnerability assessment and develop an adaptation plan for the tribal community.  Collaborating with Washington Sea Grant we tailored the project to the needs of the Tribe through the use of a rapid climate exposure assessment process and the selection of key areas of concern. The project included: maps of locally specific relative sea level rise scenarios; assessment of climate related vulnerabilities of key infrastructure and cultural assets; and some prioritized adaptation strategies to increase resilience. It has been great to work with a proactive community working to reduce their climate vulnerability.

Jamestown S'Klallam Climate Change Adaptation Report

Key Areas of Concern for the Tribe:  Salmon, Shellfish, Cedar Harvest, Wildfire, Casino and Longhouse Market, Highway 101, Tribal Campus Water Supplies, Infrastructure, Jamestown Beach Water Supplies.   

Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flood Risk Zone Maps

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