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Tuesday, January 26 • 10:00am - 10:20am
(NEW) The Stone Soup Model: Climate change vulnerability assessments and adaptation in Midwest forests

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AUTHORS: Handler, S., L. Brandt, P. Butler, M. Janowiak, C. Swanston, and P.D. Shannon

ABSTRACT: The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science has built a successful approach that helps land managers pursue climate change adaptation (www.forestadaptation.org). The guiding principle is that we can get a lot more done by working together. NIACS coordinated a series of ecosystem vulnerability assessments for forest ecosystems across the Midwest, which were co-created with diverse groups of managers and researchers. A flexible but rigorous Adaptation Workbook helps translate general climate change expectations to specific risks and opportunities at the scale of management decisions. A “menu” of adaptation strategies and approaches helps users generate concrete adaptation actions. More than 120 real-world case studies across the Midwest and Northeast US illustrate how land managers have used the Adaptation Workbook. These examples cover a wide range of scales, ecosystem types, and ownerships, and show how land managers can prepare for climate change while still meeting land management and conservation goals.

Tuesday January 26, 2016 10:00am - 10:20am EST
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