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Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science

Climate change

The global climate is warming and will continue to do so for at least several decades. Although the distribution and extent of future warming is uncertain at a regional scale, it is expected that additional impacts will occur as a result of higher temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, and more frequent storms, droughts, and wildfires. This concept of uncertain but changing climate, with the attendant range of ecosystem responses to changing climate, 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 Climate Change Response Framework (CCRF) is a collaborative, cross-boundary approach designed to help land managers and owners understand climate vulnerabilities and impacts, and to prepare individuals to act using the best available scientific information. Six different CCRF projects advance climate change adaptation through four interrelated components: Partnerships, Vulnerability Assessments, Adaptation Resources, and Adaptation Demonstrations.  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. Visit the CCRC website > >

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Last Modified: 01/02/2018