SCOAP Approach & Schedule

  • Establish an effective long-term science-management partnership involving multiple agencies and stakeholders to assess climate change science and its implications for biophysical and social resources. (Winter 2015)
  • Conduct a vulnerability assessment of priority resources (Winter/Spring 2015) and develop associated adaptation strategies (Fall 2015) to help build resistance, enhance resilience, and facilitate ecological transitions for south central Oregon.

    The assessment will focus on climate trends, water resources, fisheries, wildlife, forested and non-forested vegetation, disturbance regimes, recreation, and ecosystem services. The assessment and adaptation strategy will be peer reviewed and published, providing the scientific foundation for operationalizing climate change in planning, ecological restoration, and project management.
  • Educate and engage with partners, stakeholders, decision makers, planners, and resource specialists to:
    • Build an enduring partnership to facilitate application of climate-smart management.
    • Provide tools to incorporate and apply adaptation options through assessment, planning, project implementation, and monitoring.
  • Conduct a workshop (Fall 2015) with scientists, land managers, conservation practitioners, and other stakeholders to review the vulnerability assessment.
    • Downscale information from the assessment to identify the most significant vulnerabilities to climate change for priority resources in each management unit.
    • Identify adaptation strategies and tactics to reduce resource vulnerabilities. Adaptation strategies and tactics will be linked to corresponding management operation levels at different spatial and temporal scales.
  • Timeline and Milestones
    March Scope and data for assessment defined
    Early April Chapter outlines developed and reviewed
    Late May Vulnerability assessment summaries completed
    June - September Vulnerability assessment writing
    Early October Vulnerability assessment draft completed
    November 3-5 Adaptation workshop in Bend
    November - December General Technical Report (GTR) draft completed
    January Internal GTR review
    February - March External/technical GTR review
    Early summer Policy review completed; draft posted to SCOAP website
    September Target publication date
    October Presentation/discussion of GTR with SCOAP partners