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Pacific Northwest Science Update

Pacific Northwest (PNW) Science Update is a periodical published several times a year by the U.S. Forest Service PNW Research Station. This series contributes scientific knowledge about natural resource and environmental issues, and the website provides archived PDFs of each PNW Science Update. Notable issues include Issue 6: Western Forest, Fire Risk and Climate Change; and Issue 17: Changing with the Climate.

Related Organizations: USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station

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U.S. Forest Service (USFS): Climate Change Resource Center

The USFS Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) is a reference website for resource managers and decision makers who need information and tools to address climate change - regarding both mitigation and adaptation - in planning and implementing projects. The website offers educational information, including basic science modules that explain climate and climate impacts, decision-support models, maps, simulations, case studies, and numerous toolkits and publications.

Related Organizations: Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS), USFS Northern Research Station, USFS Southern Research Station, USFS Pacific Southwest Research Station, U.S. Forest Service Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center (WWETAC), USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station, USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station, U.S. Forest Service Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center, U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

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Template for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options (TACCIMO)

The Template for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options (TACCIMO) is a tool intended to facilitate the integration of climate change science into land management planning. The overarching goal is to provide land managers with the best available science they need to effectively and efficiently sustain forests and the services they provide under a changing climate.

Related Organizations: U.S. Forest Service Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center, U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

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Planning and Facilitating Collaborative Meetings (NOAA Training)

Provided by the NOAA Office for Coastal Management, this two-day instructor-led course is designed to increase participants’ ability to plan and facilitate a meeting (or a series of meetings) that minimize conflict and enhance problem solving. Collaboration is often cited as a good way to address coastal resource management issues, but the collaborative process is complicated, requiring a systematic approach. This course provides the skills and tools to design and implement collaborative approaches.

Related Organizations: NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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NOAA Climate and Societal Interactions Program

NOAA's Climate and Societal Interactions (CSI) funding program provides leadership and support for research, assessments, and climate services development activities that bring interdisciplinary science to bear on climate-sensitive resource management and adaptation challenges in key sectors and regions.

Related Organizations: NOAA Climate Program Office

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) and Portal

The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) launched in November 2010 as a new National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Pathways project. It builds on the efforts of the Climate Literacy Network and the establishment of the Climate Literacy: Essential Principles of Climate Science, to steward a broad collection of educational resources that facilitate students, teachers, and citizens in becoming climate literate.

Related Organizations: Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Technical Education Research Centers (TERC), Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Modeling Bird Distribution Responses to Climate Change: A mapping tool to assist land managers and scientists in California

This site allows users to see current and future maps of bird species distributions, vegetation, or climate variables.   Using sophisticated species distribution modeling techniques, this site presents current and potential futures for bird communities in California based on different climate model outputs. Future bird distributions are based on regional climate model projections for the periods 2038-2070 (IPCC Scenario A2) and 2080-2099 (IPCC Scenario A1B). Models were developed for over 80 California Partners in Flight (CalPIF) focal species, of which 60 non-special-status species are represented in this tool.

Related Organizations: California Avian Data Center (CADC)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Hazards - United States (Hazus)

Hazards-United States (Hazus) is a nationally applicable standardized methodology that contains models for estimating potential losses from earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes. Hazus uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to estimate physical, economic, and social impacts of disasters. It graphically illustrates the limits of identified high-risk locations due to earthquake, hurricane, and floods. Users can then visualize the spatial relationships between populations and other more permanently fixed geographic assets or resources for the specific hazard being modeled, a crucial function in the pre-disaster planning process.

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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Chicago Community Climate Action Toolkit

The Field Museum's Chicago Community Climate Action Toolkit includes over 60 multimedia tools to help communities develop and carry out local climate action projects that build on community strengths and improve quality of life. The tools available document the experiences of community partners, present the basics of climate science as they relate to the Chicago, Illinois region, and provide ideas for local climate action.

Related Organizations: The Field Museum

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Colorado Climate Preparedness Project Adaptation Database

The Colorado Climate Preparedness Project (CCPP) was initiated to to assist Colorado in continuing to prepare itself for climate variability and change by providing a catalog of climate vulnerabilities and current adaptation activities in the state. The project focuses on five key sectors that were identified by the state advisory team as particularly sensitive to the impacts of climate variability and change including: Water; Wildlife, ecosystems and forests; Electricity; Agriculture; and Climate-sensitive tourism and outdoor recreation.

Related Organizations: University of Colorado at Boulder, Western Water Assessment (WWA) - RISA

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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