USDA Forest Service

Pacific Southwest Research Station

Pacific Southwest
Research Station

800 Buchanan Street
Albany, CA 94710-0011
(510) 883-8830
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Research Topics: Climate Change, Mitigation, and Adaptation Science

Developing Strategies for Mitigation and Adaptation

PSW scientists collaborate with National Forest System and other natural-resource managers to provide scientific bases for new methods on adaptation and mitigation to climate change and greenhouse gas emissions.

Ongoing Research:
  • Climate and Landscape Change Contact: Connie Millar
  • Climate change introduces a significant challenge for land managers and decision makers in the western U.S. An urgent need exists to incorporate climate-change considerations across the spectrum of issues and at the spatial scales that concern resource managers and decision makers. Despite over 20 years of climate-change science and increased understanding of the effects of climate change on natural resources, this information has not been delivered effectively to public land managers or incorporated in management of national forests. In addition, routine aspects of NFS management and planning have not been assessed for their potential role in adaptation. Many existing paradigms (e.g., historic range of variation) and tools (e.g., plant association guides) assume long-term climate stability. Because climate and natural resource conditions are changing rapidly, existing paradigms and tools need to be reviewed, and new approaches may need to be developed. In response to these challenges, PSW scientists are developing general frameworks for management in a climate-change context, undertaking case studies with national forest units, and designing specific decision-support tools and reference materials that will incorporate climate-change considerations into decision making. The target audience is National Forest System (NFS) managers and decision makers from Ranger District to Regional levels. However, much of the information developed will be broadly relevant to other managers, policy makers, and scientists.

  • Forest Management Services in Tropical Ecosystems
Research is conducted by: