The National Marine Sanctuary System is taking action to understand the vulnerability to climate change of the resources under their stewardship, and the services they provide. With this information, we can adapt management plans to reflect new and expected challenges, prioritize protecting at-risk resources, and target the sources of their vulnerability.
Learn more about climate change vulnerability, and read climate vulnerability assessments for sanctuaries across the system.
The MPA climate vulnerability assessment guide, and the associated appendices, include everything an MPA practitioner needs to design and conduct a climate vulnerability assessment, including the worksheets used to evaluate the vulnerability of resources.
Climate vulnerability is a measure of how vulnerable a given resource is to the cumulative impacts of climate change and non-climate stressors. A climate vulnerability assessment is a process used to qualitatively describe and evaluate how climate and non-climate stressors impact a resource’s vulnerability to climate change in order to improve management approaches for long-term success.
Read about climate change vulnerability at Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary.
Read about climate change vulnerability at National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa.
Read about climate change vulnerability at Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.
Read about climate change vulnerability across the North-central California coast and ocean region, including both Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries.
Read about the climate change vulnerability of deep-sea coral ecosystems at Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.
Read about the vulnerability of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary to sea level rise.
Read about the implications of climate change for the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.