Below some additional resources that provide information on climate data, climate change impacts and adaptation, and other useful information that can help you better understand climate and disaster risks to your national- or project-level activities. The resources are organized by tools.
For more information on how to assess climate change impacts on agriculture and natural resources:
For more information on production methods and policies addressing climate change impacts on agriculture:
- Climate-Smart Agriculture: A Call to Action by the World Bank makes the case for climate-smart agriculture, and provides case studies of countries implementing these practices.
- "Climate-Smart" Agriculture: Policies, Practices and Financing for Food Security, Adaptation and Mitigation by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) uses case studies to outline a range of practices, approaches, and tools aimed at increasing the resilience and productivity of agricultural production systems in developing countries. The paper also surveys institutional and policy options available to promote the transition to climate-smart agriculture at the smallholder level.
- The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) report on Climate, Agriculture, and Food Security examines the impacts of climate change on agriculture, describes the existing knowledge on managing weather variability in agricultural systems, and identifies research gaps in building adaptation strategies in the agricultural sector.
- CGIAR’s Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security Program Baseline Surveys include information on farmers’ current adaptive practices.
- The Adaptation and Mitigation Knowledge Network (AMKN) is a map-based platform for sharing knowledge on agricultural adaptation and mitigation from CIGAR and its partners.
- The Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change report on Achieving food security in the face of climate change provides seven recommendations and practical policy actions to secure sustainable agriculture.
- The U.S. National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy is designed to help public and private decision makers address the impacts that climate change is having on natural resources.
For more information on climate change impacts on water and future irrigation needs:
- World Bank’s Prospects for Irrigated Agriculture paper examines predicted future irrigation needs and how to meet global food production in a water-constrained future.
- Water and Climate Change: Understanding the Risks and Making Climate-Smart Investment Decisions by the World Bank illustrates how climate change will affect hydrology and the resulting stress on and vulnerability of the water systems. The climate change dimension is also placed within the context of the impact of other factors outside the water sector. The analysis is intended to inform the World Bank water sector investments on climate issues and climate-smart adaptation options.
- The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) World Water and Climate Atlas gives irrigation and agricultural planners rapid access to accurate data on climate and moisture availability for agriculture including applications for determining how much irrigation is needed in relation to what the climate provides and extracting climate inputs for crop modeling.
- AQUASTAT developed by the FAO Land and Water Division is a global information system on water and agriculture. The database contains information on water resources, water uses, and agricultural water management with an emphasis on countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.
- CROPWAT is a piece of software designed for the calculation of the right amount of water needed for the irrigation of crop fields.
- IWMI’s Online Irrigation Benchmarking Services provides background and guidelines to the benchmarking process and indicators, as well as options to add data online and view results by categories of irrigation system.
For more information on crop threshold capacities, including amount of water needed
- The EcoCrop database is a tool to identify plant species for given environments and uses. It provides information on crop threshold capacities.
For more information on water drainage
- The Center for Global Environmental Research at the National Institute for Environmental Studies has developed a Global Drainage Basin Database (GDBD) that provides basic information to a variety of water-related fields.
- The FAO Natural Resources and Environment Group document, Chapter 10. Surface Hydrology: Water Bodies, Water Point, Drainage and Watersheds outlines data supporting the representation or analysis of surface hydrological features including surface water bodies (SWB) and water points; surface drainage, rivers, and flow routing database; and watershed delineations and models.
For more information on climate change impacts on water resources and adaptation strategies