This section of the portal explores the boundaries of adaptation research and action. Tools presented here to connect the work of academic, public, and private sectors with the needs of communities and on-the-ground adaptation practitioners. See links below to explore innovative ideas and tools that can be applied to better understand and adapt to the impacts of climate change in the Arctic region.

Arctic Water Resource Vulnerability Index (AWRVI)

AWRVI is an adaptive capacity index that integrates a range of community-specific water data to provide a holistic profile of vulnerability to changing water resources and a measure of adaptive capacity to respond to change. This research was made with support from the Alaska Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).

Adaptive Design and Assessment Policy Tool (ADAPTOOL)

ADAPTOOL is a Microsoft Excel-based workbook designed to evaluate a suite of public policies and programs for their ability to contribute to the capacity of key economic sectors to adapt to a specific socioeconomic or ecological stressor.

Alaska Tsunami Inundation Maps

DGGS contributes to the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program under a cooperative project with the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Alaska Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management.

A Guide for Tribal Leaders on U.S Climate Change Programs

There are a growing number of government and non-government agencies and programs addressing climate change for communities and landscape across the United States. It is critical that there is information available on the types of programs, funding, and assistance available to American Indian Tribes and Alaska Native communities seeking to address climate change. (2011)

Municipal Risk Assessment Tool (MRAT)

MRAT combines information about municipal infrastructure, current, and future climate, and insurance claims to give city engineers a new picture of where infrastructure is vulnerable today, and areas where it will be vulnerable in 2020 and in 2050.

State of Alaska Shoreline Change Tool

This interactive tool displays historic and predicted shoreline position throughout Alaska. Users can explore the coasts of the state to see where the shoreline has been in the past and where it will be in the future. Historic shoreline positions were determined by looking at aerial photographs and satellite imagery dating back to the 1950s. Using the Digital Shoreline Assessment Tool (DSAS), rates of shoreline change were calculated. These rates were then used to project shoreline positions. Each predicted shoreline has an uncertainty, shown by a collar of dashed lines, that represents a 90 percent confidence that the shoreline will be within that area for that year. Currently, historic shoreline data are available for download but predicted shoreline positions are not.

The development of this map is funded with qualified outer continental shelf oil and gas revenues by the Coastal Impact Assistance Program, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. For complete citation, source data, metadata, and application guide, please see

Tribal Climate Change Profiles

Tribes across the United States are leading the way with innovative efforts to address climate change through adaptation and mitigation strategies. The Tribal Climate Change Profiles are intended to be a pathway to increasing knowledge among tribal and non-tribal organizations interested in learning about climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts. The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals also publishes these profiles, as well as additional profiles they generate on their Tribes & Climate Change website: