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National Climate Assessment 2014Minnesota forest ecosystem vulnerability assessment and synthesis: a report from the Northwoods Climate Change Response Framework project

This assessment evaluates the vulnerability of forest ecosystems in Minnesota to a range of future climates. Information on current forest conditions, observed climate trends, projected climate changes, and impacts to forest ecosystems was considered in order to draw conclusions on climate change vulnerability. . ~ Posted July 2014

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National Climate Assessment 2014Climate, trees, pests and weeds

The combination of rapid climate change and nonnative stressors may accelerate decline of some tree species and inhibit other species from occupying climatically suitable habitat. This paper examines potential changes in tree habitat suitability in 121 national parks. It looks at nonnative tree pest and plant data to examine the spatial patterns of these stressors and their correlations with projected changes in tree habitat. ~ Posted July 2014

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National Climate Assessment 2014Boreal and Temperate Forest Management and Climate Change

Uncertainties about the magnitude and character of climate change require forest managers to adopt a portfolio of silvicultural strategies, which may range from minor modifications of current practices to design of novel multi-species stands that may have no historical analogue. This synthesis outlines silvicultural strategies for adapting temperate and boreal forests to climate change. ~ Posted July 2014

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National Climate Assessment 2014Special Issue

Wildland Fire Emissions, Carbon, and Climate: Science Overview and Knowledge Need - An understanding of fire ecology and fire emissions science is necessary for adaptively managing landscapes and for accurately assessing the long-term effectiveness of carbon sequestration projects. This special issue describes the current state of knowledge, critical knowledge gaps, and importance of fire emissions for global climate and terrestrial carbon cycling. ~ Posted July 2014

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National Climate Assessment 2014National Climate Assessment 2014

This peer-reviewed report is a thorough and comprehensive overview of how climate change is expected to affect the United States. It includes analyses of impacts on seven sectors – human health, water, energy. ~Posted May 2014

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Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and VulnerabilityClimate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II focuses on climate change impacts, vulnerability, and adaptation to climate change. They have now published the summary for policymakers for the IPCC's Fifth Assessement Report. ~Posted April 2014

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Michigan Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and SynthesisMichigan Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis

This product from the Climate Change Response Framework is specifically designed to address forests in Michigan's eastern Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula. It is meant to provide a valuable platform for foresters in the region to incorporate climate change considerations into management and planning. ~Posted April 2014

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Central Hardwoods ecosystem vulnerability assessment and synthesisCentral Hardwoods ecosystem vulnerability assessment and synthesis

More than 30 scientists and forest managers contributed to this report, which evaluates the vulnerability of terrestrial ecosystems in the Central Hardwoods Region of Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri to a range of future climates. ~Posted March 2014

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usda Climate Hub announcedUSDA 'Climate Hubs' Announced

Last week the USDA announced the launch of seven regional climate hubs, designed to deliver information to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to help them adapt to climate change and weather variability. More information from the hubs will be coming soon!~Posted February 2014

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artic ice flowTree carbon accumulation

A recently published analysis of 403 tropical and temperate tree species shows that for most species, the growth of individual trees can continue to increase with size. This has implications for understanding carbon storage and sequestration within forested ecosystems.~Posted January 2014

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