Thursday, October 31, 2013

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Seeks Comments on Draft Workbook for Developing Adaptation Plans

By Rachel M. Gregg

A public draft of Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans is available for public involvement and peer input. Feedback will be used to "inform revisions to the draft product so that the final work product will reflect sound technical information and analyses."  

This workbook was developed as part of a response to several calls for strategic planning for climate change, including:
The workbook aims to provide needed guidance on conducting watershed-scale vulnerability assessments, using decision-support tools, planning and implementing adaptation strategies, and building the capacity of local managers.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Some Climate Treats for Your Halloween Sacks!

EcoAdapt and CAKE have partnered with the EBM Tools Network and their partners to co-sponsor several webinars on climate change tools relevant to coastal and marine management!


These webinars include:

Sign up and make sure to add them to your calendars! 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Call for Participation: EBM Tools Network/Open Channels Survey of Tools and Resources for Addressing Climate Change Impacts on Marine Ecosystems

There is a severe lack of information on which tools and resources have actually been used for addressing current and potential climate change impacts on marine ecosystems and which of these tools and resources have proven most helpful/effective. The EBM Tools Network, in collaboration with, is working to address this information gap by conducting a short survey of tools and resources that are being used or have been used for developing or implementing actions to address current and potential climate change impacts on marine ecosystems. Please participate in this survey if you have been, or are currently involved in, developing or implementing actions to address current and potential climate change impacts on marine ecosystems. The survey should take between 15 and 30 minutes depending on the number of tools and resources about which you provide information. Please respond by October 31, 2013.

They are interested in information about a broad range of “tools and resources” including written guides, models, protocols, replicable methodologies, computer software, apps, databases, and other types of useful resources for conducting marine climate change adaptation work.

The information gathered in this survey will form a resource base that will be shared with the broader marine community and will be extremely valuable to others getting started in marine climate adaptation work. A summary of the results will be published on and advertised through the EBM Tools Network mailing list. The results will also be used to inform the work of select projects such as the Reefs Tomorrow Initiative.

Please contact Sarah Carr at if you have any questions about the survey.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Recommended Article on the Recent IPCC Report "Critiques"

We've read a couple of the attempts to debunk the latest IPCC Climate Assessment, among them the claim that if you're a climate scientist looking for changes in the climate, you are bound to find those changes (we'd give the link but we don't want to drive any more traffic to this paper's site). These types of "critiques" drove Richard Matthews to write "Debunking Efforts to Undermine the IPCC’s Latest Climate Report." Definitely worth a read!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

A decade of adaptation goodness (and a contest!)

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the release of Buying Time: A User’s Manual to Building Resistance and Resilience to Climate Change in Natural Systems. A first-of-its-kind resource for the adaptation-inclined, it offers tips focused on natural systems but applicable to adaptation of any type. It continues to be widely cited despite the wave of new publications that have followed. Clearly a modern classic!

In honor of the 10th Anniversary, we’ve opened the archive and are offering 3 original bound copies, plus 25 CD copies (a collector's item just for the format!). Yes, these are the same as those distributed at the World Parks Congress in Durban, South Africa in 2003! Nelson Mandela was in town for the event (the Congress, not the book release). For your chance to get a copy, here’s all you need to do:

1.     Visit the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange, then
2.     Log in to your account (If you are not a registered user, become one!) then
3.     Complete your profile to include your bio and photo!
Send an email to when you’ve completed this set of tasks and winners will be selected at random once 28 entries have been received. Winners are limited to entries from the United States and Canada owing to the cost of postage.

If you want something more up to date as well, check out Climate Savvy, the 2010 follow up publication.