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U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit Rolls Out Southeast Region

  • 24 June 2021

The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit is pleased to announce the availability of a new Southeast Region section. The section features narratives, tools, and case studies on the impacts of climate change across the Southeast and information on how people can build resilience to them. Used with the Climate Resilience Toolkit’s Steps to Resilience, the new section can help communities and managers of natural areas across the Southeast recognize their climate hazards, assess their vulnerabilities, and confront their climate risks. 

Content for the new section was built upon vetted information in the Fourth National Climate Assessment. Regional experts also produced map graphics and added information from recent research. The section offers plain-language narratives about climate impacts that are already occurring and projected to continue across the region, and describes efforts to build resilience.

Climate models project a significant increase in the number of days over 95°F per year across the Southeast. Data from the Northeast Regional Climate Center Applied Climate Information System; 2079-2099 image shows the weighted mean of downscaled CMIP5 models in the LOCA dataset. Historic data from Livneh et al. (2015). Visualization by Jory Fleming, Carolinas Integrated Science and Assessments and University of South Carolina, and Ned Gardiner, NOAA Climate Program Office.

The Climate Resilience Toolkit team adds new regions to its website as regional experts from federal agencies, academic institutions, and public, private, and non-profit organizations step up to work with the toolkit’s editorial team. Currently, regional experts are developing content for the Northern Great Plains and the U.S. Caribbean regions. The Climate Resilience Toolkit team is actively seeking collaborators to help them develop information for the Northwest, Southwest, and Southern Great Plains regions.

The Southeast Region content reflects the contributions of a team of experts. Thanks to NOAA’s Geno Olmi (SECART) and Ellen Mecray (NCEI) for recruiting and assembling the team. Thanks also to Jory Fleming, University of South Carolina/Carolinas Integrated Science & Assessments (CISA); Jeannette Dubinin, Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX); Mikaela Heming (PLACE: SLR); and Elizabeth Fly, The Nature Conservancy; these individuals served as team leads in developing the regional sub-topic narratives. Thanks also to Alan Cressler, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for permission to use his copyrighted photographs.

Thank you to all who contributed to the Southeast Regional content: 

  • Holly Abeels, Florida Sea Grant Program

  • Ryan Boyles, Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (SE CASC)

  • Joe Cavanaugh, NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office

  • Ferdouz Cochran, Carolinas Integrated Science & Assessments (CISA)

  • Renee Collini, Program for Local Adaptation to Climate Effects: Sea-Level Rise (PLACE: SLR)

  • Alan Cressler, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

  • Jeannette Dubinin, Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX)

  • Jory Fleming, University of South Carolina/Carolinas Integrated Science & Assessments (CISA)

  • Elizabeth Fly, The Nature Conservancy

  • Cari Furiness, Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (SE CASC)

  • Jill Gambill, Georgia Sea Grant Program

  • Ned Gardiner, NOAA Climate Program Office

  • Katherine Gerling, City of Folly Beach, South Carolina

  • Mikaela Heming, Program for Local Adaptation to Climate Effects: Sea-Level Rise (PLACE: SLR)

  • Russell Jackson, NOAA Office for Coastal Management

  • Doug Marcy, NOAA Office for Coastal Management

  • Ellen Mecray, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information

  • Tara McCue, East Central Florida Regional Planning Council

  • Tancred Miller, North Carolina Division of Coastal Management

  • Rua Mordecai, South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative

  • Meredith Muth, NOAA Climate Program Office

  • Eugene (Geno) Olmi, NOAA Southeast and Caribbean Regional Team (SECART)

  • Niki Pace, Louisiana Sea Grant Law and Policy Program

  • Abigail (Abi) Locatis Prochaska, ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve

  • Jessica Whitehead, North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency

Visit the new Southeast Region section »

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