Funded Research Projects: RESTORATION ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL HORTICULTURE

Comparison, Integration, and Application of Diverse Methods to Create a Climate-Adaptation Conservation Planning Database for Western North America

Research Sponsored By: Wilburforce Foundation
Principal Investigator: Joshua Lawler
Project Description
Conservation planning efforts that are naïve to climate change have the potential to be inefficient at best and, at worst, ineffective. Although many approaches have been suggested for integrating climate adaption within the planning process, climate-adaptation planning is still in the early stages of development. For this project we will build on recent efforts that have attempted to organize current knowledge on climate-adaptation planning by 1) conducting a comprehensive comparison and synthesis of the many available approaches that have previously been developed, 2) apply those approaches to the majority of western North America, and 3) develop a spatial database from the results of these analyses. The review and synthesis papers from the project will provide agencies and organizations (including Wilburforce grantees) with detailed knowledge about how the different approaches work and to what degree they are complementary or duplicative. The database will also provide users with integrative analyses and tools that can inform conservation planning and prioritization across much of western North America.