Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS)

Also collaborating on these NE CSC projects

Providing Support for the Development of a Tribal Forest Adaptation Menu

In early 2017 Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) began work with the US Forest Service's Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) to develop a Tribally focused adaptation menu based on the "Forest Adaptation Resources: climate change tools and approaches for land managers" workbook. College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute (CMN SDI)will support this work by participating in meetings, developing appropriate sections, and bringing further NE CASC resources and support to bear when identified and requested.

Development of the Wildlife Adaptation Menu for Resource Managers

 The Climate Change Response Framework is an example of a collaborative, cross-boundary approach to create a set of tools, partnerships, and actions to support climate-informed conservation and land management. Historically, this effort has focused on the needs of forest managers and forestry professionals. In recent years, however, there has been increasing demand for science and tools to address climate change adaptation in wildlife management and conservation.

Integrating climate change into the state wildlife action plans

Fish and Wildlife agencies across the United States are currently revising their State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs). These documents are important planning documents over 10 year timescales.  SWAP Coordinators have been challenged to incorporate climate change impacts and species responses as part of their strategic approaches to managing vulnerable fish and wildlife resources.

Climate Assessments and Scenario Planning (CLASP)

This project compiled, synthesized, and communicated tailored climate change information to NE CASC stakeholders, including Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC), state and federal agencies, and tribal communities. Our mission is to make climate science actionable by getting to know our stakeholders and the decisions they face, and delivering climate information that is directly relevant to their decisions and priorities. Our project team served as a resource to answer individual inquiries related to climate model projections in order to aid climate change adaptation.

Changes in forested landscapes of the eastern United States under alternative climate scenarios

Forests in the Eastern United States are in the early- and mid-successional stages recovering from historical land use. Succession, harvest, and climate are potentially important factors affecting forest composition and structure in the region. The goal of this project was to predict the distribution and abundance of dominant tree species across portions of the Eastern U.S. under alternative climate scenarios from present to the end of the century.

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