Science-management partnerships focused on climate change adaptation in the western United States
Led by the U.S. Forest Service and other federal agencies, we use an all-lands approach to adaptation in collaboration with a diversity of other organizations and stakeholders. Our adaptation efforts are intended to inform sustainable management of natural resources, reduce the negative effects of climate change, transition ecosystems to a warmer climate, and help integrate climate change in natural resource management and operations.
Building on previous work across large landscapes and multiple federal agencies, Adaptation Partners uses the approach developed by Forest Service Research and Development and supported by the Climate Change Advisor’s Office and Regional leadership (Peterson et al. 2011, Swanston & Janowiak 2012). This approach is premised on an enduring science-management partnership as the foundation for all projects. The partnership pursues four primary objectives:
This process is typically directed by teams of research scientists and resource
managers who focus on priorities established by leadership in each management unit.
Vulnerability assessments identify resource sensitivities to climatic variability
and change. Far more than a literature review, assessments synthesize the best
available science, evaluate the quality and relevance of the science for each
application, and identify geographic locations where sensitivity is high.
Assessments provide the foundation for developing adaptation options that help
mitigate negative effects of climate change or transition resources to a warmer climate.
Halofsky, J.E. and D.L. Peterson. 2016. Adapting to Climate Change in Western National Forests: A Decade of Progress. Mountain Views 10(2): 40-46.
Peterson, D.L., C.I. Millar, L.A. Joyce, M.J. Furniss, J.E. Halofsky, R.P. Neilson, and T.L. Morelli. 2011. Responding to climate change in national forests: a guidebook for developing adaptation options. USDA Forest Service General Technical Report GTR-PNW-855. http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/pubs/pnw_gtr855.pdf
Swanston, C. and M. Janowiak (eds.). 2012. Forest adaptation resources: climate change tools and approaches for land managers. USDA Forest Service General Technical Report GTR-NRS-87. http://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/pubs/gtr/gtr_nrs87.pdf