Adapting to Climate Change: A Short Course for Land Managers

Information in this short course summarizes science for natural resource managers and decision-makers regarding climate variability, change, climate projections, and ecological and management responses to climate variability, primarily in the western United States. The information and talks included were produced from a July 2008 workshop that brought together key U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Geological Survey scientists, and a select group of pioneering resource managers who served as reviewers and discussants. Visit the full course webpage and related resources.

Recording Date(s): 
07/08/2008 to 07/11/2008
H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, OR

Presenter : Philip Mote

In the Northwest, temperature increases, decreases in snowfall events and declining April snowpack are examples of recent trends. Philip Mote discusses the climate system and patterns of variability.

Presenter : Scott Fitzwilliams

If you are unsure about where to begin integrating climate change into natural resource planning, you are not alone. This presentation offers some useful suggestions.

Presenter : Dave Peterson

The Olympic and Tahoe National Forests used climate change focus groups to assess climate change vulnerabilities and identify adaptation options.

Presenter : Dave Peterson

The effect of disturbances, such as increased fires and insect attacks, will drive ecosystem change as much or more than warmer temperatures from climate change.

Presenter : Peter Bisson

Implications of climate change on western fishes, some of the most at-risk species in the U.S.

Presenter : Ronald Neilson

Scientists forecast how ecosystems might respond to climate change on much smaller scales than the one that the climate models operate on. The models must be downscaled to look at ecosystems.

Presenter : Connie Millar

The 5 Rs for adapting to climate change and managing the ecosystems of the future: resistance, resilience, response, realignment and reduce.

Presenter : Connie Millar

A discussion of the climate system  and how climate scientists look at patterns of variability. What we are seeing in current climate changes is unprecidented in recent history.

Presenter : Linda Joyce

Observed ecological changes associated with a change in climate include the advance of spring events, species distribution changes, community shifts and asynchrony in species interactions.

Presenter : Jill Baron

Rather than treating climate change as one additional management challenge, it is essential to consider the effects of climate change in all plans and activities.

Presenter : Nate Mantua

Hydrologic changes are projected to be profound under climate change, and a warmer and wetter future for the Pacific Northwest is expected.

Presenter : Linda Joyce

Reviews the history of the Renewable Resources Planning Act (RPA) and how climate change is being incorporated.

Presenter : J Boone Kauffman

Tropical forests are critical ecosystems affecting the Earth's climate and hydrological cycles, and human cultures. Learn more about how they may be affected by climate change.

Presenter : Mike Ryan

U.S. forests play a large role in offsetting carbon emissions, about 20 % of the U.S. fossil fuel carbon output. If a forest replaces itself after a disturbance like fire, then there is no long-term loss of carbon.