WWETAC Projects

Project Title: West-wide climate change initiative

Status: Ongoing

Principal Investigators: Connie Millar, Pacific Southwest Research Station; Linda Joyce, Rocky Mountain Research Station; Ron Neilson and Dave Peterson, Pacific Northwest Research Station

Case Study Assessment Coordinator : Becky K. Kerns, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Corvallis, OR

E-mail Contact: Becky Kerns, bkerns[at]fs.fed.us

Summary: The three western USFS research stations have joined together to address climate change in an interdisciplinary research effort that will be coordinated across the different sectors of the natural resource community. This effort brings together USDA Forest Service researchers to assess vulnerability of natural resources and explore potential management options to facilitate ecological and social adaptation to a changing climate. This research-management partnership will address three objectives:

  • Assessment: Assess the consequences of climate change and variability on physical, biological, and socioeconomic systems at multiple scales (global, continental, regional and province).
  • Toolbox: Develop a set of tools that link potential climate change outcomes with land and community management issues to facilitate planning and decision making.
  • Management options: Develop a set of viable alternatives for managing natural resources in the face of climate change and other environmental stressors.

Case studies across the Western United States are being developed as part of the assessment section. Becky Kerns at WWETAC will be coordinating this aspect.  These case studies will serve multiple functions: (1) be a springboard for additional work (2) provide a template for regional and forest-scale analyses, and (3) serve as a learning activity.  

Project ID: FY07BK22