Development of the Climate Registry for the Assessment of Vulnerability (CRAVe): A Searchable, Public Online Tool for Understanding Species and Habitat Vulnerability

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The USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC), as part of the work of the Interagency Land Management Adaptation Group (ILMAG), initiated a project in 2013 to develop plans for a searchable, public registry on climate change vulnerability assessments. Member agencies from the USGCRP Adaptation Science Work Group, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), and...

The USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC), as part of the work of the Interagency Land Management Adaptation Group (ILMAG), initiated a project in 2013 to develop plans for a searchable, public registry on climate change vulnerability assessments.  Member agencies from the USGCRP Adaptation Science Work Group, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), and several NGO’s also contributed.



Vulnerability assessments are important for identifying resources that are most likely to be affected by climate change and providing insights on why certain resources are vulnerable. Consequently, they provide valuable information for informing climate change adaptation planning. CRAVe allows users to enter information about their vulnerability assessments and includes a public search of existing assessments for specific geographic regions, assessment targets or endpoints, managing entities, and other factors. The goal of the project was to make information about ongoing and completed vulnerability assessments more readily accessible and available, so that resources devoted to such assessments can be most efficiently used. The result of the project is the Climate Registry for the Assessment of Vulnerability (CRAVe), a new web-based community resource that houses information on assessments of the vulnerability of various natural and human resources to a changing climate.



As of September 2016, CRAVe is no longer being maintained by USGS. CRAVe is now hosted by our non-profit partner, EcoAdapt, through the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange. Users can enter information into CRAVe about their vulnerability assessments and search for assessments for specific geographic regions, assessment targets or endpoints, managing entity, and other factors: http://crave.cakex.org/.