Identifying risks associated with climate change and managing them to reduce their impacts is essential. Climate Ready Estuaries has resources and tools to help users identify, analyze, prioritize and reduce their climate change risks.
Adaptation Planning Workbook
The Being Prepared for Climate Change workbook provides much needed guidance for conducting risk-based climate change vulnerability assessments and developing adaptation action plans. It is an ideal tool for organizations that manage places, watersheds or coastal environments.
Risk identification checklists (updated 2021 version)
See risk-based climate change planning in action
Experience with risk-based planning
A series of videos describes the experience of others who used the Being Prepared for Climate Change workbook to create risk-based vulnerability assessments.
Workbook Steps 6–10 describe how to create an action plan that responds to the vulnerability assessment.
Learn about risk-based climate change planning
Risk management is a systematic process that helps organizations decide how to respond to climate change when they don’t have the resources to do everything they need to do.
The Climate Change Adaptation webcast from EPA's Watershed Academy is all about how to manage climate change risk. The Indian River Lagoon (Fla.) National Estuary Program's experience with the Being Prepared for Climate Change workbook starts at 1:03:47 into the recording.
EPA's Watershed Academy webcast about climate resilience has an overview of the Being Prepared for Climate Change workbook and features San Juan Bay Estuary Program's experience creating a risk-based vulnerability assessment.
EPA Adaptation Workbook: Lessons Learned in San Juan Bay, Puerto Rico from the National Floodplain Function Alliance (March 3, 2015)
More CRE Resources
These Climate Ready Estuaries publications provide options for people developing climate change adaptation plans, or highlight CRE demonstration projects that illustrate various steps of the Being Prepared for Climate Change workbook's methodology.