This resource list is specific to this region and provides both comprehensive and topic-specific information related to climate change, ecosystem vulnerability, and adaptation. A list of the major science organizations and partners within the region is also provided, and we encourage you to connect with them should you require further resources.

The resources listed below include a variety of published reports, including the 2018 National Climate Change Assessment and various ecosystem-based vulnerability assessments produced by partners in this region. Be sure to also familiarize yourself with the Explore Climate Impacts tool found at There you can explore short but detailed summaries of how climate change is expected to impact or further impact your region.

Before diving into climate change resources, if you feel like you need a refresher on climate change basics consider accessing our education modules (~30 min long). The modules feature information on Climate 101, Climate effects on Forests, Climate Adaptation, and Forest-Carbon management 

USFS Climate Education Modules


Some selected resources:

  1. There are many regional assessments of forest and ecosystem change, this super short summary provides a broad overview of potential changes and how it might affect forests: Climate Change Vulnerability assessment of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in the U.S (2018) 
  2. Summary of climate change trends for the Southwest: Fourth National Climate Assessment - Southwest
  3. The Intermountain and Northern Rocky region vulnerability assessments are lengthy, but well organized if you’re interested in diving into a specific topic. Each assessment provides downscaled climate information and summaries of climate impacts/vulnerabilities for vegetation, hydrology, aquatics and other focus areas. Find the Intermountain Region vulnerability assessment interactive summary, Story Map: Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation in the Intermountain Region for a broader overview (download the reports in the sections below).  
  4. The State Climate Office has made climate data more accessible (past observed), tools, maps, graphs, etc. Learn more at Colorado Climate Center
  5. For fire-adapted ecosystems, check out the new adaptation toolset - Southwest FireCLIME Adaptation Tools - Fire Menu 


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Climate change tools and comprehensive reports


Adaptation Resources and Examples

Hydrology and aquatic ecosystems


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Science organizations in this region


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