Guides and Handbooks

June 2014

Conservation professionals face unprecedented challenges arising from changes in land use, invasive species, biodiversity, climate, and more. These changes interact in complex ways, introducing an array of uncertainties that confound natural resource decision-making. While uncertainty is not new to natural resource management, limitations in our ability to confidently predict the direction, rate, and nature of the effects of climate and other drivers of change on natural and human systems has reinforced the need for tools to cope with the associated uncertainties. 

July 2013

"This handbook describes the five-step process for developing multivariate climate change scenarios taught by the Global Business Network (GBN) during a series of training workshops hosted by the National Park Service in 2010 and 2011. The authors created this guide as a reference for workshop participants who possess some familiarity with scenario planning. The process featured in this manual is not a definitive method for building climate change scenarios, since many valid methods exist to develop climate change scenarios. The technique presented here is just one effective and proven approach. "

June 2013

This guidebook provides a practical step-by-step guide to developing and using scenario planning for climate adaptationm informed by recent experiences of policy makers and practitioners in Victoria.

June 2013

This document is intended to be a step‐by‐step guide to using scenarios to plan for climate change adaptation.

May 2013

This guidance document is a product of an expert workgroup on climate change vulnerability assessment convened by the National Wildlife Federation in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

December 2012

Over eight million people live in areas at risk to coastal flooding, and many of the nation’s assets related to military readiness, energy, commerce, and ecosystems are already located at or near the ocean.  This report provides a synthesis of the scientific literature on global sea-level rise (SLR) at the request of a federal advisory committee charged with developing the next National Climate Assessment. It also provides a set of four global mean SLR scenarios to describe future conditions for the purpose of assessing potential vulnerabilities and impacts. 

February 2012

This book outlines the creative process of making environmental management decisions using the approach called Structured Decision Making. It is a short introductory guide to this popular form of decision making and is aimed at environmental managers and scientists. 

January 2012

This document is an outcome of Phase II of an effort by the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers to minimize the risks to Canadian forests and woodlands and maximize the benefits associated with a changing climate. It aims to equip members of the Canadian forest sector with a suite of tools and state-of-the-art information to enable them to make better decisions about the need for adaptation and the types of measures that may be most beneficial. The document is to be used in conjunction with workshops, seminars, and presentations to benefit forest practitioners as they seek innovative ways to adapt sustainable forest management policies and practices for a changing climate.  

February 2011

The purpose of this guidebook from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration is to assist transportation agencies with carrying out a scenario planning process from start to finish. 

January 2010

The Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA) developed this white paper to present multipleoutcome planning techniques to water utilities interested in incorporating climate change into their planning. Integrating climate change information into planning is one of the most intricate steps utilities face in the climate change adaptation process.