Vegetation

Plant Species and Climate Profile Predictions

Overview

Maps of forest species-climate profiles were developed to help predict how forests, plant communities, and species may change on the landscape in response to climate change. Each species map depicts a ‘viability score’, which is an index on the interval zero to one that indicates how consistent the climate at a location is with the contemporary occurrence of a species. A low score at a given point in time or space indicates that the species does not occur (or very rarely occurs) in climates like those depicted at that location.

Summary: 

These maps provide information on where suitable future climate may be located for specific tree species under different climate scenarios.

Canada's Plant Hardiness Site

Canada's plant hardiness map provides insights about what can grow where. It combines information about a variety of climatic conditions across the entire country to produce a single general map.

 Canada plant hardiness map

Canada's plant hardiness zones
Summary: 

Canada's plant hardiness map provides insights about what can grow where. It combines information about a variety of climatic conditions across the entire country to produce a single general map.

Forecasts of Climate-Associated Shifts in Tree Species (ForeCASTS)

Overview & Applicability

Forecasts of Climate-Associated Shifts in Tree Species (ForeCASTS) generates maps that depict future suitable habitat ranges for 213 North American tree species, in the United States and globally. It does this by using projections of future climate in combination with the concept of fine-scale, ecoregions—land areas that share similar environmental characteristics, such as soils, topography, and climate variables.

current habitat map from ForeCASTS
Summary: 

Using projections of future climate, ForeCASTS produces maps that depict future suitable habitat ranges for North American tree species in the United States and globally.

Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS)

Overview & Applicability

The Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) is a family of forest growth simulation models that can simulate a wide range of silvicultural treatments for most major forest tree species, forest types, and stand conditions. "Suppose" is the name for the graphical user interface for FVS. FVS is useful from a stand to a landscape level.

post-processing FVS output
Summary: 

The Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) is a family of forest growth simulation models that allow a user to explore how silvicultural treatments may affect growth and yield and, therefore, carbon stocks.

LANDFIRE (Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools)

Overview & Applicability

LANDFIRE (Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools) is a vegetation, fire and fuel characteristics mapping program. LANDFIRE data products consist of over 50 spatial data layers including: Existing Vegetation Type, Canopy, and Height; Biophysical Settings; Environmental Site Potential; Fire Behavior Fuel Models; Fire Regime Classes; and Fire Effects layers.

LANDFIRE map of vegetation change
Summary: 

LANDFIRE (Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools) is a vegetation, fire and fuel characteristics mapping program.

MC1 (MAPSS-Century 1)

Overview & Applicability

Assessments of vegetation response to climate change are often made by models that predict vegetation composition under steady-state conditions.

map of vegetation types in North America
Summary: 

MC1 was created to assess the potential impacts of global climate change on ecosystem structure and function. Users can access maps, datasets, and publications that were created using this model.

Climate Change Tree Atlas and Bird Atlas

Overview & Applicability

The Climate Change Atlases can help to answer a range of questions concerning current and projected suitable habitat (year 2100) for 134 tree species and 147 bird species in the eastern U.S.

quaking aspen habitat map - midwestern US
Summary: 

The Climate Change Atlases can be used to examine the current distribution of tree and bird habitats in the eastern United States, and how tree and bird distribution might change in response to different climate scenarios.

Seedlot Selection Tool

Overview & Applicability

The SST is currently experiencing problems. Developers are working on getting the tool operational again (2/24/15).

The Seedlot Selection Tool (SST) is a web-based decision-support tool designed to help forest managers match seedlots (seed collections from a known origin) with planting sites based on climatic information.

Seedlot Selection Tool Map of Oregon
Summary: 

The Seedlot Selection Tool (SST) can help users match seedlots (seed collections from a known origin) with appropriate planting sites based on climatic information.

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