You are here: Home / Research Topics / Research Highlights / Individual Highlight

Research Highlights

Individual Highlight

Adaptation Demonstrations Provide Real World Examples of Climate Change Response

Photo of Natural resource professionals discuss how forests can adapt to climate change. Photo courtesy of Eli Sagor, Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative. Science teachers visit an adaptation demonstration project developed by the Bad River Natural Resources Department, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science. Photo courtesy of G-WOW team. Eli Sagor, Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative.Natural resource professionals discuss how forests can adapt to climate change. Photo courtesy of Eli Sagor, Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative. Science teachers visit an adaptation demonstration project developed by the Bad River Natural Resources Department, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science. Photo courtesy of G-WOW team. Eli Sagor, Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative.Snapshot : Climate change will have long-term effects on forest ecosystems, and the services they provide. High-quality scientific information is critical, but this information also needs to be integrated into natural resource management. The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, a multi-institutional effort led by the Forest Service, worked with partners to create adaptation demonstrations of real-world examples of how forest owners and natural resource professionals are adapting forests to changing conditions.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Swanston, Chris 
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2014
Highlight ID : 602

Summary

Climate change is one of the greatest conservation challenges facing natural resource managers. High-quality scientific information about the effects of climate change on forest ecosystems is critical, and it needs to be integrated into natural resource management. In response, the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, a multi-institutional effort led by the Forest Service, launched and coordinates the Climate Change Response Framework. The Framework is a collaborative approach to climate change involving a diverse community of partners working together to develop tools and resources that help land managers incorporate climate change considerations into management. The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science uses these tools to help land managers and stakeholders develop adaptation demonstration projects that showcase real-world efforts to adapt forests to change and help landowners meet goals for specific forest products and benefits. More than 50 adaptation demonstration projects are underway on public, private, and tribal lands across the Midwest and Northeast. The Climate Change Response Framework and its demonstration projects are central to the new USDA Regional Climate Hubs, where they provide examples of how adaptation "looks and feels" in real-world situations. They are advancing discussion about how people can help forests better respond to changing conditions.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • Maria Janowiak, NIACS/NRS
  • The Climate Change Response Framework has a network of over 80 partnering organizations. Those more specific to this research highlight includeNorthern Institute of Applied Climate Science, The Nature Conservancy, Menominee Tribal Enterprises, University of Minnesota, Trust for Public Land, American Forest Foundation, Minnesota Forest Resource Council

Strategic
Program Areas

Priority
Areas