Science in supports of the National Climate Assessment
Center for Integrated Forest Science (CIFS) scientists lead efforts to provide the "state-of-the-knowledge" on the impacts of climate change on the Nation's forests. Forest Service Project Leader James Vose co-authored a book titled "Climate Change and United States Forests" published by Springer-Verlag. The book helps guide agency decisions. It is a summary for those who take and learn from actions, and it raises hope and provides examples of taking action to deal with the changing climate. It encourages managers to move forward with actions to help them understand and deal more effectively with the complexities of different climate effects in different systems. Findings from this synthesis provided a foundation for the Forests Chapter in the 2014 National Climate Assessment (NCA) Report. In addition, findings from land use projections developed for the National Resources Planning Act (RPA) Assessment by Forest Service Project Leader David Wear were included in the land use and land cover chapter of the NCA. Wear was also contributing author on the NCA Report for the southeastern U.S. His findings from the RPA Assessment regarding the future of forest carbon were recently incorporated in the President's Action Plan for climate change.
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