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Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science

Climate change

The global climate is warming and is expected to continue to warm over the next century. Uncertainty exists in the distribution and extent of future warming at regional scales, but it is expected that higher temperatures will result in many impacts, including changes in precipitation patterns, increases in extreme events, drought, and wildfire activity, as a few examples.  The concept of an uncertain, but changing, climate, and the resulting range of ecosystem responses, will need to be incorporated into management, policy, and planning. NIACS is working to help land managers and others respond to these impacts by enhancing the ability of forests to adapt to changing climate conditions, as well as to mitigate increased levels of greenhouse gases that are responsible for climate change.

Map of Northern Research Station geographic area - Minnesota to Missouri to West Virginia to Maine - with  Framework boundaries indicated.Climate Change Response Framework
The Framework is an integrated set of tools, partnerships, and actions to support climate smart conservation, and it provides a collaborative approach to incorporate climate change into forest management. The Framework covers six regional projects across the eastern United States: the Central Appalachians, Central Hardwoods, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Northwoods, and Urban. Each regional project interweaves four components - science and management partnerships, vulnerability assessments, adaptation resources, and demonstration projects.  More about this project > >

[photo:] NIACS member Linda Nagel presenting material to a group of Forest Service managers during TACCT, a week-long training session.Training in Advanced Climate Change Topics
The Training in Advanced Climate Change Topics course was developed for Forest Service personnel to provide advanced instruction on climate change science and ecosystem response as well as increase institutional capacity for incorporating climate change into management activities on National Forests. More about this project > >

CLimate Change Resource Center logoClimate Change Resource Center
The Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) provides natural resource managers with access to science-based information and tools concerning ecosystem management and climate change. Its online portal offers original syntheses of land management topics written by scientists and resource specialists, in-depth video presentations that cover a wide range of climate change adaptation and mitigation topics, and access to a variety of tools and recommended literature.More about this project > >

[photo:] A super-canopy white pine surrounded by smaller trees. Climate change introduces uncertainty into how to manage for desirable species and ecosystem services.Forest Management for an Uncertain Climate Future
Educational materials and presentations on climate change science, forest response, and management strategies for adaptation and mitigation have been developed for land managers in the north central and northeastern United States. More about this project > >

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Last Modified: 03/30/2012

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Climate change basics

Greenhouse gases are increasing in our atmosphere at an unprecedented rate because of fossil fuel burning and global deforestation. The increase in these gases is contributing to a warmer climate and impacting life on earth. Learn more about climate change > >