Southeast Regional Assessment Project (SERAP)

The Southeast Regional Assessment Project (SERAP) was developed by the Department of Interior's (DOI) National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC). This report defines proposed efforts by SERAP to better integrate and support efforts of the eight DOI NCCWSC Regional Climate Science Centers (RCSCs) and DOI's Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs), optimize ecosystem management decisions, and satisfy overall DOI conservation objectives.

The report is organized into six chapters: 1) Developing regionally downscaled probabilistic climate change models; 2) Integrated coastal assessment; 3) Integrated terrestrial assessment; 4) Multi-resolution assessment of potential climate change effects on biological resources; 5) Optimal conservation strategies to cope with climate change; and 6) Development and dissemination of a high-resolution national climate change dataset.

In this report, SERAP is indicating they will develop regional downscaled climate models, land cover change models, regional ecological models, regional watershed models, and other science tools. Models and data produced by SERAP will be used in a collaborative process between the USGS, the Fish and Wildlife Service, DOI Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs), state and federal partners, non-governmental organizations, and academia to produce science at appropriate scales to answer resource management questions.

SERAP is also proposing to produce an assessment of climate change and impacts on land cover, ecosystems, and priority species in the region, and to develop predictive tools that will allow end users to better understand potential impacts of climate change on terrestrial and aquatic populations in the Southeastern U.S. The development of a framework for using adaptive management (AM) and the principles of Strategic Habitat Conservation (SHC) is proposed as well.

Publication Date: December 13, 2010


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