Landscape Climate Change Vulnerability Project
This project has been completed.
Please explore these project resources:
- A unique collaboration between scientists and managers, the book Climate Change in Wildlands: Pioneering Approaches to Science and Management, is the capstone of NASA’s five-year Landscape Climate Change Vulnerability Project and sets out to understand how climate and land use changes affect mountain landscapes of the Rockies and the Appalachians, and how these findings can be applied to wildlands everywhere. It assembles cutting-edge research and twenty-first-century technologies, examines past and expected future changes, and provides new, collaborative management approaches.
- Datasets will be posted on Data Basin when they become available.
Supported by the NASA Applied Sciences Program, National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program, and Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative, the Landscape Climate Change Vulnerability Project (LCC VP) will develop and apply decision support tools that use NASA and other data and models to assess vulnerability of ecosystems and species to climate and land use change and evaluate management options. Over four years, August 2011–July 2015, the LCC VP will:
- Quantify trends in ecological processes, ecosystem types, and dominant tree species from past to present, and under projected future climate and land use scenarios using NASA and other data and models across two Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs)
- Assess the vulnerability of ecosystem types and dominant tree species to climate and land use change by quantifying exposure, sensitivity, adaptive capacity, and uncertainty in and around focal national parks within LCCs
- Evaluate management options for the more vulnerable ecosystem types and tree species within these focal parks
- Design multi-scale management approaches for vulnerable ecosystem types and tree species to illustrate adaptation strategies under climate and land use change
- Facilitate transfer of data, methods, and models to federal agencies to facilitate broad application of the decision support tools.
The project will focus on the Rocky Mountains ecoregion of the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GNLCC) and the mountainous portion of the Appalachian LCC (ALCC). In addition to the LCCs, the project will focus on two additional and highly relevant spatial scales: (1) potential dispersal zones, which are larger than LCCs and designed to capture the geographic range of expected biological movements under future climates, and (2) National Parks and surrounding protected area centered ecosystems (PACEs; Hansen et al. 2011), which will provide effective case studies for vulnerability assessment and management applications. These parks include Glacier, Yellowstone, and Rocky Mountain National Parks in the GNLCC and Delaware Water Gap NRA and Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks in the ALCC.
- Andrew J. Hansen, Montana State University
- Scott Goetz, Woods Hole Research Center
- Forrest Melton, California State University, Monterey Bay / NASA Ames Research Center
- Bill Monahan, National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program
- Ramakrishna Nemani, NASA Ames Research Center
- Tom Olliff, Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative
- David Theobald, Colorado State University
- John Gross, National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program
- Mike Britten, NPS I&M Rocky Mountain Network
- Jim Comiskey, NPS I&M Mid-Atlantic Network
- Keith Langdon, Great Smoky Mountain National Park I&M Coordinator
- Matt Marshall, NPS I&M Eastern Rivers and Mountains Network
- Jim Schaberl, Shenandoah National Park