Climate Change Resource Center

The Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) is a web-based, national resource that connects land managers and decision-makers with usable science to address climate change in planning and application.


The Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) delivers science-based, relevant, and credible information on climate change to land managers through its online platform. It is the largest and most comprehensive forest adaptation website designed specifically for natural resources professionals. Resources from the CCRC are also adapted for the USDA Climate Hubs and Department of the Navy, and shared through outreach, training, and educational activities.



The CCRC continued to expand content offerings on ecosystem-related topics, tools, and adaptation examples and resources. The Compendium of Adaptation Approaches continued to grow this year, with the integration of additional adaptation examples and expansion of resource areas. Educational resource offerings focused on the expansion of educational videos and supporting materials.

Compendium of Adaptation Approaches

  • 9 new adaptation examples
  • 77 new adaptation approaches added, representing 3 resource areas


  • Continued development of online climate change curriculum in partnership with Michigan Technological University
  • New educational videos to support climate change curricula
  • 2 Department of the Navy Environmental Compliance course climate change sessions, delivered through the USDA Climate Hubs

Site Infrastructure

  • Completed styling and layout upgrades to Drupal 8 migration, with a live launch in September 2020
  • Upgrades to tag and display related content in the right hand side bar of Topic Pages
  • Major security updates

And More...

  • New topic pages
  • New and updated tools
  • New videos




Site Use

Traffic to and use of CCRC continues to grow steadily, averaging a 55% annual increase in usership over the past 4 years.  And these users aren’t just looking at the first page they come to and leaving again - users that look at multiple pages average 5 pageviews while they are on the site. With over 335,000 pageviews this year, CCRC users are looking at 67% more information than the previous year.

Higher visitation Monday-Friday, October-June, with a gap over the winter holidays suggests that we are reaching our intended audience - professionals with an outdoor field season.

Please keep up the great work and let us know how we in WO R&D can continue to help support you in this much needed effort of great importance. We could not do any of this without each and every one of you.

- Tracy Hancock, Director, Knowledge Management and Communications, USDA Forest Service, Research and Development



The CCRC will continue to provide new content, with a focus on adding Adaptation Examples and new approaches to the Compendium of Adaptation Approaches. New and updated Topic Pages and Tools are always in the works. 


2020 Fast Facts

440 adaptation approaches

Visits from 218 countries

Most visited topic page - wildlife, global carbon, forest carbon, insect disturbance

54 Topic pages - topic pages are natural resource and climate change syntheses