Fig. 1. Conceptual diagram of the adaptive management cycle using the guided transition approach. Within the adaptive management process cycle, guided transition helps direct the front end decision-making of problem assessment, design, and implementation (green circles) by directing the questions to focus on the functional changes of ecosystem transition through unidirectional climate change. This process also adds a step in prioritizing the functions to protect through the transition (dashed outline), which will help structure the design and implementation of adaptation plans.