Webinar: A three-step decision support framework for taking climate adaptation actions

Event Type: 
GNLCC Webinar
Date and Time: 
Jan 10, 2017 12:00 pm MST

Host: Great Northern LCC Rocky Mountain Partner Forum

Presenter: Molly Cross, Wildlife Conservation Society
Co-authors: Regan Nelson, Crown of the Continent Conservation Initiative; Lara Hansen, EcoAdapt; Gary Tabor, Center for Large Landscape Conservation

We will present a framework for using available climate science to set forward-looking conservation goals and select among a menu of climate adaptation strategies. This decision support framework is designed to catalyze adaptation actions by bridging recent advances in climate science and adaptation planning, while also helping managers document and defend how climate change information was incorporated into their management decisions.

The authors worked with U.S. Forest Service managers at the Custer Gallatin National Forest to tailor the framework for decisions about native salmonid conservation. The framework is intended to be a 'living document' that can be continually improved as it gets tested and used. It also offers an approach to incorporating climate change into conservation decisions that can be applied to other species or ecosystem targets of concern.

About the presenter: Molly Cross, Ph.D., is the Climate Change Adaptation Coordinator for the North America Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society. Her work brings together science experts and conservation practitioners to translate climate change adaptation science into on-the-ground conservation actions. Molly is helping to lead climate change planning efforts involving diverse stakeholders at several landscapes across North America, focused on a range of species and ecosystem targets.