Graham Sustainability Institute

Climate Focus - Successful Adaptation Indicators and Metrics

NERRS reserves are at the leading edge of experiencing the impacts of climate change and related coastal changes. While some have begun to formally assess what risks and challenges climate change may pose to their reserves and the communities they work with, others are already involved in adaptation planning or in implementing adaptation strategies.

The Science Collaborative is working closely with the reserve system to identify helpful approaches to selecting and tracking indicators of successful adaptation. Drawing on a review of work on tracking adaptation success as well as related work on indicators of vulnerability, sustainability, ecological health, and other areas, Dr. Susi Moser is leading the Successful Adaptation Indicators and Metrics (SAIM) effort. The SAIM project supports participating reserves, oftentimes in collaboration with nearby coastal communities, in developing indicators and metrics of successful adaptation. By regularly engaging with these reserves, the Science Collaborative seeks to better understand:

  • How climate adaptation indicators and metrics are being utilized; 
  • Capacity required to track indicators and metrics on an ongoing basis; and 
  • Benefits of indicators and metrics to supporting climate adaptation implementation.

Currently, the following reserves are actively participating in the project:

  • Wells NERR
  • Hudson River NERR
  • Jacques Cousteau NERR
  • Tijuana River NERR
  • Kachemak Bay NERR

To learn more, view the project summmary (PDF). 

Email Dr. Susi Moser or visit


Effectively communicating impacts and adaptation: engaging communities when climate change comes home. May 6, 2016 webinar: webinar summary (PDF).