Climate Adaptation Evaluation and Monitoring

Webinar Date: 
September 30, 2015

Join us Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 10AM PST/ 1PM EST for the quarterly National Adaptation Forum Webinar to learn about climate adaptation evaluation and monitoring examples in the field.  EcoAdapt's Adaptation Ladder of Engagement helps you assess your "State of Adaptation" to determine what you could be doing improve your efforts to address climate change. One of the crtical steps in the ladder is evaluation. Practioners in the field are looking at ways to integrate monitoring and evaluation into their work to determine what is working and what is not working. Join us to learn about examples of climate adaptation adaptation evaluation and monitoring efforts in the field. 


  • Rachel M. Gregg, M.M.A., Lead Scientist, EcoAdapt. Is it Doing Any Good?: Monitoring and Evaluating Climate Adaptation Activities
    Climate change monitoring programs may be categorized as those that (1) assess climatic and environmental changes, (2) evaluate how climate change affects management or planning goals, (3) prioritize and decide between available adaptation strategies, or (4) determine the effectiveness of implemented management and policy actions so that they may be redesigned, if necessary. This last category is especially important in order to improve the success of climate change response strategies. Metrics for evaluating the success of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are fairly standardized and applied, while metrics to monitor the effectiveness of adaptation are few and far between. Because the field of adaptation has grown so quickly, many of the strategies that have been designed and/or implemented are not being monitored and evaluated for effectiveness. This talk will present examples of adaptation monitoring and evaluation from EcoAdapt's State of Adaptation program and introduce participants to several projects within this discipline. 

  • Anne Carlson, Ph.D., Climate Associate, The Wilderness Society. Carnivores, water and weeds: Improving the success of climate change response strategies through effective monitoring programs
    As the climate changes, managers and conservation practitioners are increasingly asked to develop monitoring programs that will allow them to evaluate the effectiveness of management actions on a wide variety of natural resource values. To facilitate learning and discussion about this very challenging need, I will share three examples of monitoring programs intended to create real-time information feedback loops for managers for both climate and non-climate stressors: each is designed to facilitate learning about the effectiveness of specific management interventions through time. The examples chosen highlight the potential for differences in protocols, monitoring schedules, effort, cost, geospatial scale, and personnel depending on the natural resource value of focus, and include ongoing work to: (1) monitor three species of forest carnivores (Canada lynx, wolverine, and fisher) as a means of facilitating planning for a suite of long-term restoration projects across three different National Forests in Montana; (2) assess the impacts of U.S. Forest Service road systems on aquatic ecosystems as a way of prioritizing restoration projects and evaluating the effectiveness of treatments; and (3) detect changes in the distribution and treatment efficacy of noxious weeds by multiple state, federal, and provincial agencies across the 18 million acre Crown of the Continent.

  • Mallory Morgan, Climate Fellow, San Diego Foundation, A Qualitative Analysis of the Climate Change Action Plan for the Florida Reef System 2010-2015
    This project seeks to evaluate the success and degree of implementation of the Climate Change Action Plan for the Florida Reef System 2010-2015. This Action Plan identifies interdisciplinary actions to be incorporated into reef management plans in order to address a myriad of climatic and non-climatic stressors to the reef system, minimize risks to coral reef dependent people and industries, and target scientific research priorities for strategic management.

Presenters Bios:

  • Rachel Gregg is a Lead Scientist at EcoAdapt with over a decade of experience in the application of natural and social science and management.Rachel created and manages EcoAdapt’s State of Adaptation program and serves as the Content Editor for the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE; She has served as an expert in different capacities including acting as a reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report, contributing author to the National Climate Assessment, and member of the U.S. Urban Adaptation Assessment Advisory Committee and the Central Puget Sound Regional Open Space Ecosystem Services Committee. Her professional and educational experiences have been primariliy focused on managment strategies for natural and human influences, including water quality degradation, coastal hazards, environmental justice, and climate change. Prior to joining EcoAdapt in 2009, Rachel worled with the University of Washington, Washington Sea Grant, and National Park Service, and the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee. She earned her undergraduate degree from Smith College in Government and Marine Science, and a Master's in interdisciplinary marine science and policy from the University of Washington.
  • Anne Carlson is the Climate Associate for the Bozeman, Montana office of The Wilderness Society. She works on designation campaigns and climate change issues through landscape-scale adaptation projects in collaboration with conservation partners, regional scientists, tribal communities, agency staff, undergraduate and graduate students, and the general public. Prior to joining The Wilderness Society in 2009, Anne spent a decade developing conservation projects on a wide variety of mammal species across Africa and Southeast Asia with her colleagues at Cambridge University and the San Diego Zoo, after being awarded Master’s and  Ph.D. degrees by the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

  • Mallory Morgan is a recent graduate of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography with a MAS in marine biodiversity and conservation. Mallory now happily serves as the Climate Fellow at the San Diego Foundation and the Coastal Impacts Intern at the San Diego Climate Science Alliance. Ocean-minded and born with a travel bug, Mallory has previously managed a sea turtle hatchery in Florida, conducted marine protected area analyses in Fiji, and most recently worked as a climate change advisor on a student coral reef research expedition in the Bahamas. She traveled abroad as a professional SCUBA instructor for a couple years learning how different cultures use and maintain their natural resources. Mallory takes a highly interdisciplinary approach and believes in multi-stakeholder engagement processes. She is now focused on building a resilient, healthy, and vibrant community where she now resides in San Diego, California. Mallory can be reached at