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Virtual tours showcase climate adaptation stories “As If You Were There”

Photo of Managing water and nutrient quality produces a balanced and resilient landscape at Angus Glen Farm, N.Y., where they are practicing silvopasturing. Managing water and nutrient quality produces a balanced and resilient landscape at Angus Glen Farm, N.Y., where they are practicing silvopasturing. Snapshot : The USDA Northeast Climate Hub developed a series of “As If You Were There” virtual tours designed to introduce users to climate adaptation practices related to urban forestry, agroforestry, and forest management. The online tours use video and photography to give users an “As If You Were There” experience, expanding the Climate Hub’s reach beyond in-person tours and serving as a compelling way to see climate adaptation practices in action.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Lane, Erin 
Research Location : Providence, RI; Watkins Glen, NY; Worcester, MA; Far Rockaway, NY; Boiling Springs, PA; Huttonsville, WV
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2017
Highlight ID : 1235


“As If You Were There” is an interactive network of climate-informed, virtual farm and forest demonstrations developed by the USDA Northeast Climate Hub to showcase how land managers are dealing with increasing rainfall intensity and other weather and climate risks in the northeastern U.S. Six forestry focused tours feature adaptation practices in urban forestry (Worcester’s Urban Forest, Resilience at Rockaways), agroforestry (Dickinson College Farm, Angus Glen Farm) and forest management (Monongahela Forest Restoration, Forest Management with Providence Water). Several tours focused on adapting farming practices have been completed or are in review. These tours include 360-degree photography, videos, factsheets, and other resources to help managers address climate challenges. Demonstrations can be viewed on the USDA Northeast Climate Hub website and are even more captivating when experienced on a mobile device. Visitors immerse themselves in these virtual field tours and, through this interactive experience, discover how others in the region are adapting to the changing climate. As land grant partners in USDA Cooperative Extension share these tours with land managers, perspectives expand and a variety of adaptation options can be considered by both technical service providers and managers. By virtually introducing people who have addressed climate issues in the northeast, the USDA Northeast Climate Hub is fostering networking that gives users information about practical strategies for climate change adaptation.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • Monongahela National Forest
  • Northeastern Area
  • Northern Forests Climate Hub
  • Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science
  • Angus Glen Farm
  • City of Worcester
  • Clark University
  • Cornell University Cooperative Extension
  • Dickenson College Farm
  • Providence Water
  • USDA Natural Resources Conversation Service
  • University of Delaware
  • University of New Hampshire
  • Worcester Tree Initiative

Program Areas