Climate Change

Climate Adaptation Resources and Guidance

Many resources are available to help public officials and community members with climate change adaptation planning.

Planning and Preparedness

Transportation and Infrastructure


Water Utilities

  • Creating Resilient Water Utilities (CRWU) provides drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities with the practical tools, training, and tecnical assistance needed to increase resilience to extreme weather events. Through a comprehensive planning process, CRWU assists water sector utilities by promoting a clear understanding of potential long-term adaptation options. 
  • The Climate Change Handbook for Regional Water Planning provides a framework for considering climate change in water management planning.

Stormwater, Runoff, and Flooding

Coasts and Estuaries

  • The Climate Ready Estuaries program assesses climate change vulnerabilities, develops and implements adaptation strategies, and engages and educates stakeholders.
  • The Sea Level Rise Viewer simulates various sea level rise scenarios and the corresponding areas that would be impacted by flooding.
  • The Storm Surge Inundation and Hurricane Strike Frequency Map illustrates current worst-case coastal storm surge or inundation scenarios and hurricane strike frequency derived from NOAA’s Sea, Lake, and Overland Surge from Hurricanes (SLOSH) models.
  • The Reef Manager's Guide to Coral Bleaching provides coral reef managers with new management strategies for responding to the threat of bleaching as water temperatures rise.

Land Use

Public Health