[PCA] Climate Change Science Collaborations & Recent Publications

De Angelis, Patricia patricia_deangelis at fws.gov
Thu Sep 25 11:29:51 CDT 2014

Several items of interest on climate change science and collaborations. Most
of this information was gleaned from the FWS External Affairs and the FWS
Office of Science Applications.


The American Society of Adaptation Professionals
connects leading professionals from a variety of sectors working to
increase climate resilience across the United States. Initially created in
2011, and formally launched in 2013, ASAP provides a platform and forum for
climate adaptation leaders to interact, participate in cutting edge
research, develop guidance for adaptation, and collaborate with their
colleagues across the country. The society builds off the strengths of its
members and focuses on connecting adaptation professionals across the
United States.  Membership is free for 2014.

The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS)
a regional, multi-institutional collaborative among the Forest Service,
universities, and forest industry that builds partnerships, facilitates
research, and translates the results of scientific research on climate
change into information that land owners and managers, policymakers, and
members of the public can use. The NIACS' Climate Change Response
Framework provides an integrated set of tools, partnerships, and actions to
support climate-informed conservation and forest management. Initiated
by the US Forest Service Northern Research Station and Eastern Region, the
framework stretches across ownership boundaries to invite participation of
forestlands owned and managed by private individuals, forest industry, and
tribes, as well as state, local, and federal agencies. There are
currently six regional projects in 19 northeastern states, as summarized
here: <www.nrs.fs.fed.us/niacs/climate/framework/>

Each regional project interweaves four components: science and management
partnerships, vulnerability assessments, adaptation resources, and
projects. More information: <www.forestadaptation.org/>


The National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy
<http://www.wildlifeadaptationstrategy.gov/strategy.php> is a unified
nationwide effort—reflecting shared principles and science-based
practices—for addressing the threats of a changing climate on fish,
wildlife, plants, and the natural systems upon which they depend.  The
Joint Implementation Working Group released its first progress report on
September 22.  *Taking Action
2014) describes 50 projects that demonstration implementation of the
actions recommended by the Strategy, includes many more projects arranged
by State. Several projects focus on plant conservation activities ebing
undertaken by Plant Conservation Alliance federal members, including BLM,
US Forest Service, US Geological Survey.

The third National Climate Assessment <http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/> (May
2014) summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now
and in the future.  A team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member
Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively
reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel
of the National Academy of Sciences.  Plants figure prominently in some
sections, though there are instances of animal-biased valuation (such as
the Case Study under Ecosystems of the 2011 Las Conchas, New Mexico Fire).
Key messages of importance to the work of the Plant Conservation Alliance

Key Message: Opportunities to Build Resilience (Great Plains

The magnitude of expected changes will exceed those experienced in the last
century. Existing adaptation and planning efforts are inadequate to respond
to these projected impacts.

Key Message: Increased Wildfire (Southwest

Increased warming, drought, and insect outbreaks, all caused by or linked
to climate change, have increased wildfires and impacts to people and
ecosystems in the Southwest. Fire models project more wildfire and
increased risks to communities across extensive areas.

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Natural Resources Management:
Toolbox of Methods with Case Studies
2) Johnson, 2014 - The purpose of this document is to provide a
non-comprehensive survey of some of the principal CCVA methods in use today
for: (1) species; (2) habitats; (3) places (protected areas, watersheds,
landscapes); (4) ecosystem processes; (5) ecosystem services; (6) water
resources; and (7) coastal resources. Case study examples are presented for
as many of the methods as possible. This toolbox does not provide an
evaluation of the pros and cons of methods, but simply provides a
description of each method and case study to provide the reader with

information to: (1) decide if further investigation of a tool or case study
is warranted; and (2) find additional resources about that tool/case study.

Patricia S. De Angelis, Ph.D.

Botanist, US Fish & Wildlife Service-Division of Scientific Authority

Chair, Plant Conservation Alliance-Medicinal Plant Working Group
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