California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Resource Center

The materials presented on these web pages are meant to serve as a resource for those interested in learning more about climate change vulnerability assessment efforts, specifically those related to fish, wildlife, and habitats.

What is a Vulnerability Assessment?

Vulnerability assessments are a key element to successful climate change adaptation as they reveal what systems, species, populations, entities, etc. are most vulnerable to expected climatic changes, often depending on factors such as exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity. With the increased recognition of the utility of vulnerability assessments, efforts to conduct these assessments are becoming more and more common; as these reports become available, we will continue to update this website. If you are aware of natural resource vulnerability assessments specific to fish, wildlife, and habitats or those specific to California that are not currently on our list, please let us know by sending an email to

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Tools for Fish, Wildlife, and Habitats