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Public lands in the US Rocky Mountains provide critical ecosystem services, especially to rural communities that rely on these lands for fuel, food, water, and recreation. Climate change will likely affect the ability of these lands to provide ecosystem services. We describe 2 efforts to assess…
Author(s): Jessica E. Halofsky, Travis W. Warziniack, David L. Peterson, Joanne J. Ho
Keywords: adaptation, ecosystem management, mountain ecosystems, vulnerability assessment, USA, Sustainable Development Goals, Agenda 2030
Source: Mountain Research and Development. 37(3): 340-352.
Year: 2017
Numerous factors, some of which cannot be controlled, are continually interacting with the forest resource, introducing risk to management, and making consistent predictable management outcomes uncertain. Included in these factors are threats or hazards such as windstorms and wildfire. Factors…
Author(s): Thomas E. Perry, Jeremy S. Wilson
Keywords: GIS, natural disturbance, vulnerability assessment, wind modeling, windthrow risk
Source: In: Pye, John M.; Rauscher, H. Michael; Sands, Yasmeen; Lee, Danny C.; Beatty, Jerome S., tech. eds. 2010. Advances in threat assessment and their application to forest and rangeland management. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-802. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest and Southern Research Stations: 237-246
Year: 2010
Many protected areas may not be adequately safeguarding biodiversity from human activities on surrounding lands and global change. The magnitude of such change agents and the sensitivity of ecosystems to these agents vary among protected areas. Thus, there is a need to assess vulnerability across…
Author(s): Andrew J. Hansen, Nathan Piekielek, Cory Davis, Jessica Haas, David M. Theobald, John E. Gross, William B. Monahan, Tom Olliff, Steven W. Running
Keywords: climate change, policy, U.S. National Parks, vulnerability assessment
Source: Ecological Applications. 24(3): 484-502.
Year: 2014
As a growing body of science shows, climate change impacts on wildlife are already profound—from shifting species’ ranges and altering the synchronicity of food sources to changing the availability of water. Such impacts are only expected to increase in the coming decades. As climate change shapes…
Author(s): Amy Daniels, Nancy Shaw, Dave Peterson, Keith Nislow, Monica Tomosy, Mary Rowland
Keywords: adaptation, climate change, novel ecosystems, vulnerability assessment, wildlife
Source: The Wildlife Professional. (Spring 2014): 31-35
Year: 2014
We evaluated the historical and projected trends in climate and vegetation relevant to the Coronado National Forest in southeast Arizona, USA. We then applied this information in an assessment of the vulnerability of 30 species of terrestrial vertebrates on the Coronado National Forest to the…
Author(s): Sharon J. Coe, Deborah M. Finch, Megan M. Friggens
Keywords: climate change, vulnerability assessment, wildlife management, Coronado National Forest, decision-support tool
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-273. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 208 p.
Year: 2012
Climate scenarios offer one way to identify and examine the land management challenges posed by climate change. Selecting projections, however, requires careful consideration of the natural resources under study, and where and how they are sensitive to climate. Selection also depends on the…
Author(s): A.E. Daniels, J.F. Morrison, L.A. Joyce, N.L. Crookston, S.C. Chen, S.G. McNulty
Keywords: climate change, climate projections, downscaling, general circulation models, vulnerability assessment
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-277WWW. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 32 p.
Year: 2012
Aspen ecosystems are valued because they add biodiversity and ecological value to the landscape. They provide rich and productive habitats and increase aesthetic value. Climate change poses the risk of altering and disrupting these ecosystems, and it may worsen the effects of non-climate stressors…
Author(s): Janine Rice, Tim Bardsley, Pete Gomben, Dustin Bambrough, Stacey Weems, Allen Huber, Linda A. Joyce
Keywords: exposure, sensitivity, adaptive capacity, vulnerability assessment
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-366. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 67 p.
Year: 2017
We used a vulnerability scoring system to assess the vulnerability of 117 vertebrate species that occur in the Middle Rio Grande Bosque (MRGB) to expected climate change. The purpose of this project was to guide wildlife managers on options and considerations for climate change adaptation. The 117…
Author(s): Megan M. Friggens, Deborah M. Finch, Karen E. Bagne, Sharon J. Coe, David L. Hawksworth
Keywords: climate change, southwestern riparian habitats, vulnerability assessment, Bosque, wildlife management, SAVS
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-306. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 191 p.
Year: 2013
Helping managers to promote sustainability on the Nation's forests and grasslands has been an overarching goal of US Forest Service Research and Development from the agency's beginnings in 1905. Major advances in resource management have been made with the help of science, from increasing yields of…
Author(s): Karen Bagne, Deborah Finch
Keywords: conservation, vulnerability assessment, climate change, native plants
Source: August 2012. Albuquerque, NM: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 7 p.
Year: 2012
This guidebook contains science-based principles, processes, and tools necessary to assist with developing adaptation options for national forest lands. The adaptation process is based on partnerships between local resource managers and scientists who work collaboratively to understand potential…
Author(s): David L. Peterson, Connie I. Millar, Linda A. Joyce, Michael J. Furniss, Jessica E. Halofsky, Ronald P. Neilson, Toni Lyn Morelli
Keywords: Adaptation, climate change, national forests, national parks, science-management partnership, vulnerability assessment
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-855. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 109 p.
Year: 2011