Funded Research Projects: SUSTAINABLE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

Climate Change Applications in National Forests

Research Sponsored By: US Forest Service
Principal Investigator: Gregory Ettl
Project Description
As evidence for the effects of climatic variability and change on natural resources increases, it is becoming increasingly important to quantify those effects and develop potential responses to them. Federal lands in the western United States may in some cases be particularly vulnerable to climate change effects. Specifically, U.S. national forests are currently engaged in a national effort to identify potential climate change effects as part of sustainable resource management. In this project, we will develop science-management partnerships that will (1) provide education on climatic variability and change, (2) compile vulnerability assessments for multiple resources (vegetation, water, wildlife, fish, etc.), (3) develop adaptation strategies and tactics that can be implemented to reduce negative effects, and (4) assist with incorporation of climate-smart principles in resource management and planning. In some cases, these partnerships will include multiple federal agencies, state agencies, tribes, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders. Workshops, websites, and other means of communication and dialogue will be used to compile data and elicit expert knowledge. The results of these efforts will typically be documented in peer-reviewed reports and publications that provide the scientific foundation for long-term resource management.