Briefing Paper: Climate Registry for the Assessment of Vulnerability (CRAVe)

Background and Rationale:  Vulnerability assessments (VAs) can provide insights on resources that are most likely to be affected by climate change and why those resources are most vulnerable.  Consequently, they are an important tool for informing climate change adaptation planning.  Although there are a large number of vulnerability studies that are currently being conducted, there is no available method to identify VAs conducted in specific regions or on specific resources.  Thus, it is highly likely that new assessments are being launched without knowledge of relevant ongoing or completed assessments.  It is also likely that the data and knowledge gathered by completed assessments are not being used by managers outside the entity conducting the assessment.  Addressing this lack of coordination is necessary for reducing costs and increasing the value of existing assessment investments.



Registry development: CRAVe was initiated by the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) as part of the work of the Interagency Land Management Adaptation Group (ILMAG); member agencies from the USGCRP Adaptation Science Work Group, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), and several NGO’s have also contributed. Logos on the CRAVe landing page indicate most-active partners.



 A steering group in 2013 to develop plans for a searchable, public registry on climate change VAs.  The goal was to make information about ongoing and completed VAs more readily accessible and available, so that resources devoted to such assessments can be most efficiently used.  The registry includes VA descriptions of project undertaken by federal and non-federal partners.  Partnering Federal agencies have agreed to collect these data and keep them current for approximately five years as an initial term for the project.



The Registry is hosted by both federal and NGO partners. USGS hosts a federal site, and its content is provided via web services and is integrated into the EcoAdapt Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE; URL).  In the future, the registry will likely create a link to or be otherwise integrated into the evolving USGCRP-led Global Change Information System (GCIS,



Users of the Registry enter information on a suite of basic information about a vulnerability assessment, including project location and scale, assessment target or endpoint, contact information, managing agency and partner agencies, vulnerability assessment components (exposure, sensitivity, adaptive capacity), type of climate, sea-level, or hydrological change projections (hazards), methods for determining impact of hazards, and the purpose of the VA.  Users of the registry may also upload abstracts that may provide additional details on their projects, and links to websites and other documents.  The assessments housed in the Registry include studies pertaining to species and ecosystems, built environments and infrastructure, cultural resources, and socioeconomic systems.  Users can access the Registry to conduct searches across all vulnerability assessments to find necessary information for decision making.






Contact:  The NCCWSC CRAVe team