U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

Using plain language and easy-to-use tools, the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit helps communities and businesses explore their climate-related hazards, from national to local scales, and summarizes steps they can take to become more resilient. The CRT was spearheaded by the Climate Program Office, specifically David Herring. LuAnn Dahlman serves as one of the managing editors. Ned Gardiner serves as the Engagement Manager for the toolkit.

What's in the Toolkit?


The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit (colloquially referred to as the CRT) helps people face climate problems and find climate opportunities. The site offers:

  • Steps to Resilience—a five-step risk-management framework process communities can use to initiate, plan, and implement projects to improve their resilience to climate-related hazards.
  • Case Studies—real-world case studies describing climate-related risks and opportunities that communities and businesses face, steps they’re taking to plan and respond, and tools and techniques they’re using to improve resilience.
  • A catalog of freely available Tools for accessing and analyzing climate data, generating visualizations, exploring climate projections, estimating hazards, and engaging stakeholders in resilience-building efforts.
  • Climate Explorer—a visualization tool that offers maps of climate stressors and impacts as well as interactive graphs showing daily observations and long-term averages from thousands of weather stations.
  • Topic narratives that explain how climate variability and change can impact particular regions of the country and sectors of society.
  • Pointers to free, federally developed training courses that can build skills for using climate tools and data.
  • A map to help you Find Experts, highlighting the locations of centers where federal and state agencies can provide regional climate information.
  • The ability to Search the entire federal government’s climate science domain and filter results according to your interests.

How can I contribute?

If you have federally supported adaptation tools to contribute, or a success story that would be at home in the Case Studies section, check the Information and Resources for Contributors page to help you promote your program's assets. Feel free to encourage grantees to access these resources and submit information for the toolkit.

For questions, email NOAA.toolkit@noaa.gov.


P: (301) 734-1207
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Hunter Allen *
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E: hunter.allen@noaa.gov

Elizabeth Bridgwater
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LuAnn Dahlman *
Science Writer & Editor, CEE, Collabralink Technologies Inc.
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E: luann.dahlman@noaa.gov

John Coggin*
Communications Specialist, CEE, CollabraLink Technologies, Inc.
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Tom DiLiberto *
Meteorologist, CEE, CollabraLink Technologies, Inc.
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Data Visualizer/Production Artist, CEE, CollabraLink Technologies, Inc.
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E: carlyn.iverson@noaa.gov

Mary Lindsey *
Data Visualization Coordinator, CEE, Collabralink Technologies Inc.
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Science Writer & Editor, CEE, Collabralink Technologies Inc.
P: 304-574-0628
E: rebecca.lindsey@

Martha Topolnitski
Summer Intern
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Frank Niepold
Climate Education Coordinator/Senior Climate Education Program Manager, CEE
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Edward Gardiner *
Engagement Specialist, Collabralink Technologies Inc.
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E: ned.gardiner@noaa.gov


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