Eastern Region (R9)

Ecosystem vulnerability assessment and synthesis

A report from the Climate Change Response Framework Project in northern Wisconsin.

Silvicultural decisionmaking in an uncertain climate future: a workshop-based exploration of considerations, strategies, and approaches

A workshop-based approach for exploring silvicultural strategies for addressing the uncertainties surrounding climate change and forest response in the northeastern and north-central United States. Outcomes included identification of broad management strategies and approaches for creating forests that can adapt to rapidly changing conditions.

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.

Climate Wizard

Overview & Applicability

Climate Wizard encompasses two distinct tools that are based on the same data, but have different functionalities: Climate Wizard and Climate Wizard Custom Extremes (the former Climate Wizard Custom had slightly different functionality and is currently offline). They are web based tools that enable audiences with a range of technical abilities to view and access current climate change information, and visualize observed and expected temperature and precipitation trends anywhere on Earth. Users can:

Climate Wizard temperature map
Summary: 

ClimateWizard enables technical and non-technical audiences to access climate change information and visualize climate impacts worldwide. It provides world maps for historic temperature and rainfall, in addition to future projections of temperature and rainfall. Maps are available for download.

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.

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.

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