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Scientists Collaborate to Deliver Best Science on Climate Change and Forests

Photo of The Forest Service's Northern Research Station published a series of assessments that describe the effects of climate change on forest ecosystems. Northern Research Station, USDA Forest ServiceThe Forest Service's Northern Research Station published a series of assessments that describe the effects of climate change on forest ecosystems. Northern Research Station, USDA Forest ServiceSnapshot : It's a challenge to bring partners together, but the Forest Service led more than 130 scientists and natural resource managers in the creation of a comprehensive set of assessments on the effects of climate change on forest ecosystems. Five vulnerability assessments created as a series synthesizes key information for natural resources professionals.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Swanston, Chris 
Research Location : Illinois; Indiana; Maryland; Michigan; Minnesota; Missouri; Ohio; Wisconsin; West Virginia
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2014
Highlight ID : 606


Forest Service scientists are working with a diverse network of partners to develop and deliver key information about climate change impacts to forest ecosystems. Forest managers working on public, private, and tribal lands are most interested in specific, local information, that helps them understand the effects of climate change on the places where they work. Until recently, this information was not easily accessible to managers because it was dispersed across many complex scientific papers and studies. Forest Service scientists and their partners hosted a series of workshops that interpreted the latest information on climate change impacts and assessed the vulnerability of different ecosystems to climate change. The result is a series of vulnerability assessment reports summarizing current scientific knowledge about climate change in different forested regions of the Midwest and Northeast. Each assessment provides information on past and projected climate change, as well as expected changes in forests based on modeling studies and other research. Most important, information is provided for individual forest communities, increasing relevance and usefulness for forest managers. This assessment series will also form a core product for the newly created USDA Regional Climate Hubs, which are designed to aid forest managers in making climate-informed decisions.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • National Forest System, Eastern Region
  • State & Private Forestry, Northeastern Area
  • Department of Conservation, University of Missouri
  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Department of Natural Resources, Forest Resources Council, University of Minnesota
  • Department of Natural Resources, Illinois
  • Department of Natural Resources, Initiative on Climate Change Impacts, University of Wisconsin.
  • Department of Natural Resources, Maryland
  • Department of Natural Resources, Natural Features Inventory , Michigan Technological University
  • Department of Natural Resources, West Virginia University
  • Fond du Lac Tribe
  • Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC
  • Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
  • Ohio State University, Portland State University
  • Rajala Companies
  • Sault Ste. Marie Tribe
  • The Climate Change Response Framework has a network of over 80 partnering organizations
  • The Forestland Group
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Trust for Public Land
  • Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC
  • some specific to this research highlight include: Central Hardwoods Joint Venture

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