Climate Hubs Tool Shed

The Climate Hubs Tool Shed provides information on tools to support agricultural and forest land managers in adapting to climate change. The database includes tools that are directly relevant to climate variability and change, as well as tools that can assist in managing climate related impacts, such as drought, pests, and extreme weather. The Tool Shed is managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - who describes the target audience as Climate Hub extension and consultants, as well as land managers, land owners, and researchers.

The tools available can be sorted by Sector including: Agriculture, Climate, Ecosystem Services Forestry, Grazing Land, and Livestock; or by Region: Caribbean, Midwest, Northeast, Northern Plains, Pacific Northwest, Southeast, Southern Plains, Southwest, and Pacific Islands. 

Users can also search with a keyword, or use the advanced search, to sort the 170+ tools available in the Tool Shed.

Example adaptation tools accessible here include:

AgClimate View: AgClimate View is a source for historical climate and crop yield data in the Corn Belt. Users can plot local monthly temperature and precipitation variation back to 1980, track county crop yields and trends, and consider crop yields in the context of monthly temperature, precipitation and growing degree day (GDD50) data.

CSF Freeze Risk Tool: This tool graphs hardiness vs. observed temperature for several crop varieties over a specific date range to determine freeze risk. 

IPMPro: (Integrated Pest Management) IPMPro provides pest and cultural practices reference in a mobile app, including: automatic text-like alerts for time-sensitive pest issues and cultural practices, images, pest lifecycle, and management options for major pests of woody plants, pesticide recommendations for major diseases and insects, and more.

i-Tree: i-Tree consists of several different applications focused on quantifying the benefits of local trees for neighborhoods and communities. Each application has a unique focus, however several calculate carbon sequestration and/or energy savings benefits.

ThermalAid: This app is a decision-making tool for users to identify, monitor, and reduce heat stress in cattle to improve welfare and performance. In addition, it can be used as an educational device to increase student interest in climate and the environment.


Publication Date: July 2015

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