Information and Tools for Land Managers
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Find information on new tools for managing natural resources under climate change. The NorWeST stream temperature database and models can help enable climate vulnerability assessments for aquatic species of interest in the Northwestern U.S. EcoSmart Landscapes allows users to estimate the carbon and energy impacts of trees, See the CCRC Tools section for more.
As a part of the National Climate Assessment process, a Draft Climate Assessment Report has been released for public comment. Please follow the instructions on their website to submit comments, prior to April 12th, 2013.
Natural resource management is ultimately about human decision-making. This paper outlines a structured decision making process and provides several examples of how this approach can be applied to the management of National Forest lands.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a report that synthesizes the scientific literature on climate change effects and adaptation strategies for U.S. forests. This synthesis was created as an input to the National Climate Assessment, which has been released as a draft for public comment. ~Posted February 2013
This overview of results from long-term research at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest outlines some of the complex interactions that ultimately determine the effects of climate change on ecosystems. ~Posted January 2013
Read about the impact of warmer winters, reduced snowfall, and shorter snow seasons on the approximately $12.2 billion dollar U.S. winter tourism industry, in this recent report. ~Posted January 2013
Read an overview of terrestrial biological carbon sequestration and the potential for forestry, agriculture, and use of biomass-based fuels to augment natural carbon sinks. ~Posted January 2013
Released in March of 2012, this special report of the IPCC discusses the relationship between climate change and extreme weather and climate events, what these events might mean for societies, and options for managing the risks posed by impacts and disasters. ~Posted October 2012
Hawaiian climate is projected to become warmer and drier, meaning less water in streams. Richard McKenzie of the Pacific Southwest Research Station talks about the potential effects on native stream- dwellers and how management of the surrounding landscape might alleviate some of these effects. ~Posted October 2012
A recent report outlines the effects of climate change on forests in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada, and concludes with recommendations on adaptive and mitigating strategies for dealing with future effects. ~Posted October 2012