Building Tribal Capacity for Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

Full Title

Building Tribal Capacity for Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

Project Overview

1/19/17: Your input is needed! As we begin our work, we ask for help from Northwest and Great Basin Tribes to ensure that the products of this effort are tailored to tribal needs, Please complete this brief 5-minute survey about your tribe’s experience and needs regarding climate change risk assessment.

Preparing for and responding to the impacts of climate change are critical to the future wellbeing of tribal communities. Recognizing this, federal, academic, and tribal institutions have increased efforts to promote the capacity of tribes to manage climate change risks. However, many tribes continue to experience difficulty initiating and completing the critical first step of the adaptation planning process: a climate change vulnerability assessment. This difficulty can be attributed to real and perceived limitations in the staffing, technical, and financial capacities of many tribes—determining where to start and how to access and scale climate data and assessment approaches to fit tribal needs and capacities can quickly become major impediments to action.

This project will help address limited tribal capacity for vulnerability assessment by providing guidance and data tailored to the needs and capacities of Northwest and Great Basin tribes. Specifically, the project will:

  • Make the vulnerability assessment process more accessible to tribal staff by providing
    online guidance materials targeted to tribal needs and capacities;
  • Address the demand for climate data at the scale of tribal decision-making by providing
    downscaled climate data and climate change summaries for tribes; and
  • Support tribal staff through the vulnerability assessment process via workshops and a
    webinar to provide training on the use of project resources and datasets, and by staffing a
    Tribal Climate Technical Support Desk to provide rapid response to relevant queries.

These objectives will be accomplished in consultation with an advisory group consisting of representatives from regional tribes and tribal organizations. We will also work with existing tribal knowledge-sharing networks to connect project products and training opportunities to a broad range of tribal communities. Together, these activities will promote the ability of tribal communities to respond to climate-related threats, enhancing tribal and regional resilience to change.

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Figure 1. Project Area. Project products will be designed to be relevant and available to Northwest and Great Basin tribes. Units of analysis for climate change projections and summaries will be determined in consultation with tribal partners and are not shown. The technical support desk is designed to be relevant and available to the ~90 tribes within the Northwest and Great Basin regions.

Figure 1. Project Area. Project products will be designed to be relevant and available to Northwest and Great Basin tribes. Units of analysis for climate change projections and
summaries will be determined in consultation with tribal partners and are not shown.

Key Personnel

* Indicates CIG Personnel or CIG Affiliate

  • Meade Krosby (Principal Investigator), University of Washington*
  • Lara Whitely Binder, University of Washington*
  • Harriet Morgan, University of Washington*

Funder(s)

  • Northwest Climate Science Center
  • Great Basin Landscape Conservation Cooperative

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