Eastern Region (R9)

ForWarn

Overview and Applicability

ForWarn is a satellite-based monitoring and assessment tool that provides an overview of potential forest disturbances.  ForWarn produces national maps (lower 48 states) every eight days, using NASA MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) satellite imagery to recognize and track changes in vegetation health and condition.  Current satellite "greenness" is compared with expected or maximum greenness seen over a historical baseline period.

Screenshot of Forwarn Tool
Summary: 

ForWarn is a satellite-based monitoring and assessment tool that provides an overview of potential forest disturbances for the conterminous U.S.

Fuel Characteristic Classification System (FCCS)

Overview & Applicability

Fuelbeds vary widely in their physical attributes, potential fire behavior, and fire effects. The Fuel Characteristic Classification System (FCCS) was designed to represent the diversity of fuels found throughout the United States and predict their relative fire hazard. It consists of a large database of physical parameters that describe the abundance, physical character, and arrangement of wildland fuelbeds.

fuels map from the northwestern US
Summary: 

FCCS quantifies and classifies the structural and geographical diversity of wildland fuels in the United States and predicts their relative fire hazard. Current versions also predict surface fire behavior and quantify carbon stores for each calculated fuelbed.

SAVS: A System for Assessing Vulnerability of Species to Climate Change

Overview & Applicability

The SAVS uses an online questionnaire with 22 criteria to predict vulnerability or population response of species to provide a framework for assessing vulnerability to future climate change. The 22 multiple-choice questions are grouped into four categories by theme: habitat, physiology, phenology and biotic interactions. The questionnaire is completed using information gathered from published materials, personal knowledge, or expert consultation.

species assessed by SAVS - mountain quail and desert tortoise
Summary: 

SAVS uses an online questionnaire with 22 criteria to predict vulnerability or resilience of an individual species to future climate change. Numerical scores indicating vulnerability or resilience for terrestrial vertebrate species are generated.

NASA - CASA Global CQUEST - Carbon Query and Evaluation Support Tools

This application from NASA provides datasets and a viewer for geographic data that support large-scale carbon inventory. The datasets combine NASA remote sensing technology, ecosystem process modeling, and field-based measurements to characterize impacts on the carbon cycle.

NASA cquest map tool
Summary: 

The CASA Global CQUEST application provides datasets and a geographical data viewer that support large-scale carbon inventory. Users can display global data on net primary productivity, net ecosystem productivity, and other variables interactively as a map and obtain data values in tabular format.

U.S. Forest Carbon Calculation Tool (CCT)

The Carbon Calculation Tool 2007, is a computer application that generates state-level annualized estimates of carbon stocks on forest land based. It draws on the publicly available Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) data to calculate these estimates.

Summary: 

The Carbon Calculation Tool 2007, is a computer application that generates state-level annualized estimates of carbon stocks on forest land based. It draws on the publicly available Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) data to calculate these estimates.

Data Basin

Data Basin is a science-based mapping and analysis platform that supports learning, research, and sustainable environmental stewardship. The Climate Center is powered by Data Basin, and centralizes climate change-related datasets, maps and findings. Tools are provided to visualize, analyze, and communicate vulnerabilities, trends or predicted future scenarios at local and regional scales.

Data Basin climate center interface
Summary: 

The Data Basin Climate Center centralizes climate change-related datasets, maps and findings. Tools are provided to visualize, analyze, and communicate vulnerabilities, trends or predicted future scenarios at multiple scales.

TACCIMO: Template for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options

Overview & Applicability

TACCIMO is a web-based information delivery tool that connects climate change science with forest management and planning needs. Science content in TACCIMO consists of quotations from peer-reviewed climate change literature and geospatial projections of future climate and resulting changes in ecosystems. USFS forest plan components are included to connect science with planning language.

regional temperature change maps from TACCIMO
Summary: 

The Template for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options (TACCIMO) is a web-based tool and information service that provides science to support integration of climate change science into land management planning.

Water Supply Stress Index (WaSSI) Ecosystem Services Model

Overview & Applicability

WaSSI is an integrated, process-based model that can be used to project the effects of forest land cover change, climate change, and water withdrawals on river flows, water supply stress, and ecosystem productivity (i.e. carbon dynamics). WaSSI operates on a monthly time step at the HUC-4 (8-digit HUC) watershed scale (see more on HUCs) and across Mexico at the 0.5 degree scale.

water supply map
Summary: 

WaSSI is a model that can be used to project the effects of forest land cover change, climate change, and water withdrawals on river flows, water supply stress, and ecosystem productivity. Users can define custom scenarios to run through the model's online interface.

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