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Risk-Based Adaptation

Identifying risks associated with climate change and managing them to reduce their impacts is essential. Climate Ready Estuaries has resources and tools to help users identify, analyze, prioritize and reduce their climate change risks.

Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans, from the EPA's Environmental Justice in Action blog

Helping Communities Plan for Climate Change, from the EPA's It's Our Environment blog

Adaptation Planning Workbook

The Being Prepared for Climate Change workbook provides much needed guidance for conducting risk-based climate change vulnerability assessments and developing adaptation action plans. It is an ideal tool for organizations that manage places, watersheds or coastal environments.

See risk-based climate change planning in action

Learn about risk-based climate change planning

Risk management is a systematic process that helps organizations decide how to respond to climate change when they don’t have the resources to do everything they need to do.


EPA's Watershed Academy webcast about climate resilience has an overview of the Being Prepared for Climate Change workbook and features San Juan Bay Estuary Program's experience creating a risk-based vulnerability assessment.

EPA Adaptation Workbook: Lessons Learned in San Juan Bay, Puerto Rico from the National Floodplain Function Alliance (March 3, 2015) Exit

More CRE Resources

These Climate Ready Estuaries publications provide options for people developing climate change adaptation plans, or highlight CRE demonstration projects that illustrate various steps of the Being Prepared for Climate Change workbook's methodology.

Synthesis of Adaptation Options for Coastal Areas

Climate Change and Coastal Watersheds: Adaptation to Attain Clean Water Goals and Sustainable Coasts

Climate Change Risk Management: CRE Adaptation Projects and the Risk Management Process