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A Searchable vulnerability assessment database

A Searchable vulnerability assessment database

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  • Individuals and institutions considering conducting vulnerability assessments. This includes a wide range of federal, state, local and other governmental entities, as well as nongovernmental organizations, universities, and other entities. The intent is to enable users to locate completed or ongoing VAs that share relevant characteristics with the users intended VA – for example, a fisheries manager in North Carolina could locate other studies of coldwater fish and climate change; or a Bureau of Land Management analyst may locate VAs conducted on a variety of resource types in her state. Either of these users might identify relevant methods for conducting their assessment, relevant conclusions or concerns raised in other assessments, and potential data sources that may have been assembled for other assessment


  • 1. A searchable vulnerability assessment database Robin O’Malley and Laura Thompson USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, Reston, VA
  • 2. There is no way to know about VAs being conducted for different regions, species, or other ecological elements
  • 3. New assessments are being undertaken without knowledge of the methods or results of relevant ongoing or completed assessments
  • 4. Data and knowledge gathered by completed assessments are not being used by managers outside the entity conducting the assessment
  • 5. Compiling VA efforts into one place would reduce costs and increase the value of existing assessment investments Databas e
  • 6. Database scope • Include VAs from: – Federal agencies – State agencies – Local agencies – Universities – Nongovernmental organizations • A process has begun to ensure compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act
  • 7. Database scope Focus will be on domestic VAs, but the country boundaries will be “fuzzy” and allow assessments that encompass parts of Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, and insular Pacific, etc.
  • 8. More of a “registry” than database • Basic reporting elements – Contact information – Location – Assessment endpoint (target) – Vulnerability assessment methodology – Vulnerability assessment components – Method of climate projection – Partners or collaborators – Link to a specific decision – Abstract
  • 9. Database hosting • Federal self-hosting (USGS) • Global Change Information System (GCIS) • CAKEx – EcoAdapt
  • 10. Project timeline Winter2013 Spring2013 Development of database “content” (sub-working group effort) Spring/summer 2013 Spring2013 Spring2013 Summer2013 Fall2013 Winter/spring2014 Summer2013