Climate Change Adaptation Resources & Links


The final report from the Olympic Climate Change Case Study is available (September 2011):
Adapting to Climate Change at Olympic and National Forest and Olympic National Park (4.1 MB)

The Olympic Case Study included a vulnerability assessment and associated climate change adaptation options for managing fish, wildlife, vegetation, and roads on the Olympic Peninsula. It was the first joint NPS and USFS project on climate change adaptation in the country. NCAP is building off of this effort by extending the process to the North Cascadia region.

The following documents detail Forest Service and National Park Service strategies for responding to climate change:
The Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington authored documents containing detailed scientific information on projected effects of climate change on natural resource sectors in Washington:
Additional documents and links on climate change adaptation on FS and NPS lands (newest on top):

Peterson, David L.; Millar, Connie I.; Joyce, Linda A.; Furniss, Michael J.; Halofsky, Jessica E.; Neilson, Ronald P.; Morelli, Toni Lyn. 2011. Responding to Climate Change on National Forests: A Guidebook for Developing Adaptation Options. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-855. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 109 p. (PDF, 3.6 MB)

Peterson, David L., Jessica E. Halofsky, and Morris C. Johnson. 2011. Managing and Adapting to Changing Fire Regimes in a Warmer Climate. Ch. 10 In McKenzie, Donald, Carol Miller, and Donald A. Falk. The Landscape Ecology of Fire. Springer Verlag, New York, NY.

Littell, Jeremy S., David L. Peterson, Constance I. Millar, Kathy A. O’Halloran. 2011. U.S. National Forests Adapt To Climate Change Through Science-Management Partnerships Climatic Change doi: 10.1007/s10584-011-0066-0.(PDF, 492 KB)

Gaines, William L., David W. Peterson, Cameron A. Thomas, and Richy J. Harrod. 2010. Adaptations to Climate Change: Colville and Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests (PDF, 722 KB)

Climate Change Science Program. 2008. Synthesis and Assessment Product (SAP) SAP 4.4: Preliminary Review of Adaptation Options for Climate-Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources (Final Report) (PDF) (910 pp, 16 MB).

Climate Change Links:

NCAP is a Forest Service - National Park Service collaboration that is using an "all lands" approach to:

  1. Increase awareness of climate change;
  2. Assess the vulnerability of cultural and natural resources; and
  3. Incorporate climate change adaptation into current management of federal lands in the North Cascades region.

NCAP is an Adaptation Partners Project.

US Forest Service       National Park Service       Climate Impacts Group

Our GTR:
Raymond, CL.; Peterson, DL.; Rochefort, RM., eds. 2014. Climate change vulnerability and adaptation in the North Cascades region, WA. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-892. Portland, OR: USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 279 p.

Partnership produces recommendations for managers to respond to climate change in northern Washington

Fires and floods: North Cascades federal lands prepare for climate change

‘Dismal’ snowpack may be new normal in Northwest by Rob Carson for The News Tribune.