Climate Change Response Framework Project in Northern Wisconsin Models Strategies for Preparing for Global Climate Change Effects
The Northern Research Station' Northern Institute of Applied Carbon Science and its cooperators---the Eastern Region, the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, and Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry---have developed an exciting new approach to preparing adaptive strategies for possible global climate changes. Although this project is focused on forests in northern Wisconsin, the participants hope that it will be a model for many regions and ecotypes. The Climate Change Response Framework Project (CCRFP) has reached out to involve not just scientists and organizational stakeholders but private forest landowners, tribal nations, and local governments in the gathering, assessing, synthesizing, and sharing of information.
The Climate Change Science Applications and Needs Workshop brought together over 55 experts in climate change science, policy, forest management, and forest ecology to ensure that products from the Climate Change Response Framework incorporate current understanding of the science of climate change, climate change impacts, carbon accounting, and interactions with ecological and social systems. The Shared Landscapes Initiative Workshop brought together 65 participants from across northern Wisconsin to foster dialogue on climate change. They represented federal, tribal, state, and county agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities, and industry groups. The Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis, a component of the Climate Change Response Framework Project was finalized in the summer of 2010 by an analysis team led by NRS scientist Christopher Swanston. It describes the current landscape and forest types of northern Wisconsin and summarizes projected changes to the climate of northern Wisconsin by 2099.