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Information about climate change and weather conditions such as drought and floods
Adapting to Climate Change: A Short Course for Land Managers
A series of 15 video presentations from the Climate Change Resource Center on climate variability and projections, ecological responses to climate variability, and management responses
Addressing Climate Change in Long-Term Water Resources Planning and Management: User Needs for Improving Tools and Information
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation have published a report, "Addressing Climate Change in Long-Term Water Resources Planning and Management: User Needs for Improving Tools and Information," that identifies the needs of local, state, and federal water management agencies for climate change information and tools to support long-term planning. The report seeks to focus research and technology efforts to address information and tools needed for longer-term water resources planning and management. It found there were gaps in the information and tools to help water managers in how to use climate change information to make decisions, how to assess the responses of natural systems to climate change, and how to communicate the results and uncertainties of climate change assessments to decision-makers.
Carbon Accounting and Management of Lying Deadwood
This November 2010 report by the Forest Guild, commissioned by the Climate Action Reserve, highlights the differences in carbon storage in major forest types of the U.S. The report discusses the influence that growth cycles, external disturbances, and forest management practices have on LDW. The report also provides an in-depth discussion of various sampling methods and guidance for managers planning dead wood inventories.
Climate change
US Environmental Protection Agency website on climate change. Contents: basic information; FAQs, indicators; science; greenhouse gas emissions; health and environmental effects; climate economics; policy; what you can do
Climate Change and Ecological Restoration - Edition Jan 2010
Why Climate Change Makes Riparian Restoration More Important than Ever: Recommendations for Practice and Research
Climate change in grasslands, shrublands, and deserts of the interior American West: a review and needs assessment
This volume reviews existing climate models that predict species and vegetation changes in the western United States, and it synthesizes knowledge about climate change impacts on the native fauna and flora of grasslands, shrublands and deserts of the interior American West. Rocky Mountain Research Station Online Publication.
Climate Change Resource Center
The CCRC is developing an educational program to provide accessible information on climate change. Three comprehensive education modules are being created using curriculum developed by the Forest Service.
Climate Masters (New Mexico Environment Department)
Climate Masters (New Mexico Environment Department)
Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, & Snow Network (CoCoRaHS)
CoCoRaHS is a grassroots volunteer network of backyard weather observers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow) in their local communities. By using low-cost measurement tools, stressing training and education, and utilizing an interactive Web-site, our aim is to provide the highest quality data for natural resource, education and research applications.
Developing adaptive silvicultural strategies in the context of climate change
This webinar by Dr. Linda Nagel discusses the adaptive silvicultural planning process to guide forest managers through the process of incorporating climate change into natural resource management. Case studies and a science-management partnership will be highlighted.
Don’t Waste the Drought
Though the drought has devastated corn crops and disrupted commerce on the Mississippi River, it also represents an opportunity to tackle long-ignored water problems and to reimagine how we manage, use and even think about water. Published: August 16, 2012
Drought Task Force
The New Mexico Drought Task Force recommends strategies for reducing the state's vulnerability to drought.
Effects of Climatic Variability and Change on Forest Ecosystems: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis for the U.S. Forest Sector
USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. General Technical Report PNW-GTR-870. December 2012. James M. Vose, David L. Peterson, and Toral Patel-Weynand, Editors. This report is a scientific assessment of the current condition and likely future condition of forest resources in the United States relative to climatic variability and change. It includes descriptions of key regional issues and examples of a risk-based framework for assessing climate-change effects.
EPA Releases Report: "Implications of Climate Change for State Bioassessment Programs and Approaches to Account for Effects"
This final report uses biological data collected in wadeable rivers and streams, by four states, to examine the components of state and tribal bioassessment and biomonitoring programs that may be vulnerable to climate change. The study investigates the potential to identify biological response signals to climate change within existing bioassessment data sets; analyzes how biological responses can be categorized and interpreted; and assesses how they may influence decision-making processes. The analyses suggest that several biological indicators may be used to detect climate change effects and such indicators can be used by state bioassessment programs to document changes at high-quality reference sites.
Forest Guild - December 2007
Climate Change, Carbon, and the Forests of the Northeast
The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) was established by Presidential Initiative in 1989 and mandated by Congress in the Global Change Research Act (GCRA) of 1990 to develop and coordinate “a comprehensive and integrated United States research program which will assist the Nation and the world to understand, assess, predict, and respond to human-induced and natural processes of global change.”
Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals: Southwest Tribal Climate Change Project
Goals of the project include identifying work being done by tribes in Arizona and New Mexico on climate change, assessing their climate change research and information needs, making tribes aware of resources and opportunities that might assist them in their work, and sharing research results of the project with tribes, the USFS and other agencies.
Karuk Tribe: Integrating Traditional Ecological Knowledge within Natural Resource Management
In 2010, the Karuk Tribe released a draft Eco-Cultural Resources Management Plan to create a long-term adaptation strategy for the protection, enhancement and utilization of cultural and natural resources. The Eco-Cultural Resources Management Plan establishes a framework for considering a wide range of human and environmental stressors to the Karuk Tribe, including climate change.
Managed Forests in Climate Change Policy: Program Design Elements
A study paper for the Society of American Foresters to identify and reach consensus on the inclusion of forests and forestry activities in public policies on climate change. Coordinating Authors: Neil Sampson, The Sampson Group, Inc., Steve Ruddell and Matt Smith, Forecon, Inc. December 2007
Managing Changing Landscapes in the Southwestern United States
This regional assessment examines the impacts of temperature change from 1951-2006 on natural resources in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. It documents that warming has already affected habitats, watersheds, and species in the Southwest, by influencing the timing of seasonal events or amplifying the impacts of natural disturbances such as wildfire and drought. The report concludes that to begin adapting to climate change, natural resource managers should reevaluate the effectiveness of current restoration tools, modify resource objectives, learn from climate-smart adaptive management and monitoring, and share information across boundaries.
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