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Coastal Adaptation Toolkit

You may need a PDF reader to view some of the files on this page. See EPA’s About PDF page to learn more.Selected resources, concentrating on coastal areas and watersheds, for practitioners and environmental professionals. 
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General interest

National Climate Assessment

The U.S. Global Change Research Program develops the National Climate Assessment, which assesses the science of climate change and its impacts across the United States, now and throughout this century. If you are looking for one resource that describes climate change effects in sectors and regions, and discusses response strategies, then this document is recommended. Parts of the NCA are referenced in other sections of this webpage. When the fifth assessment is completed this site will be updated.

Fourth National Climate Assessment (Vol. 1 2017 and Vol. 2 2018)

Third National Climate Assessment (2014)

How much change?

Change so far

Future projections

Sea level rise inundation viewers

What will the impacts be for watersheds and coastal areas?

Climate Ready Estuaries resources

USGCRP Synthesis and Assessment Products

National Climate Assessment chapters (NCA4)

What adaptation options are there?

Climate Ready Estuaries resources

USGCRP Synthesis and Assessment Products

Additional sources for adaptation actions

Planning frameworks

Risk-based planning at the watershed or community scale


Using expert judgment

Species, site or sector planning

Adaptation clearinghouses

Information about funding

There are many potential sources of funding for adaptation work; information about some of them can be found at the following sites.

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