National Workshop on Climate and Forests:
Planning Tools and Perspectives on Adaptation and Mitigation Options

DuBois Conference Center
Northern Arizona University Campus
Flagstaff Arizona
May 16-18, 2011

Breakout Descriptions

Forest and Online Planning Tools Session
Tuesday May 17, 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Online Tools for Resource Managers — A breakout session with eight 45-minute concurrent sessions, providing a 20-minute tutorial of the online tool and 20-minute practice session for participants (and 5 minutes between sessions). Participants attend the two sessions of their preference as room size allows, and should have a laptop with wireless capability to participate.) The 20-minute tutorial with be videotaped as an online introduction to the model.

Below is a brief description and web link to learn more about these presentations:

Climate Change Tree and Bird AtlasesDr. Louis Iverson, USDAFS, Northeastern Research Station, Delaware, OH
The Atlas uses downscaled climate projections for the eastern US to project potential future suitable habitats for 134 tree species and 147 bird species. It also models and maps current species habitats.

Comparative Risk Assessment Framework and Tools (CRAFT)Dr. Danny C. Lee, Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center, USDAFS, Southern Research Station, Asheville, NC
CRAFT offers a structured, comprehensive approach to natural resources planning analysis.

TACCIMODr. Emrys Treasure, Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center, USDAFS, Southern Research Station, Raleigh, NC
The Template for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options (TACCIMO) is a web-based tool intended to facilitate the integration of the most current climate change science available into land management planning.

Mapped Atmosphere-Plant-Soil System Study (MAPSS)John Wells and Bear Pitts, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
MAPSS is a landscape- to global-scale vegetation distribution model that was developed to simulate the potential biosphere impacts and biosphere-atmosphere feedbacks from climatic change.

Carbon OnLine Estimator (COLE)Dr. Coeli Hoover, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Durham, NH
COLEv2.0 enables the user to examine forest carbon characteristics of any area of the continental United States.

Data BasinDr. Dominique Bachelet, Dept. of Biological and Ecological Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
The Data Basin Climate Center centralizes critical climate change-related datasets and findings. Tools are provided to visualize, analyze, and communicate vulnerabilities, trends or predicted future scenarios at local and regional scales.

eXtension Community of Practice: Forest, Woodlands and Climate – Dr. Craig Wood, Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington, KY and Dr. Tom DeGomez, Univ. of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Flagstaff, AZ
eXtension is an Internet-based collaborative environment where Land Grant University content providers exchange objective, research-based knowledge to solve real challenges in real time. The Forest, Woodland and Climate Community of Practice in under construction and will be available to resource managers and the public this Spring 2011.

Water Supply Stress Index Model (WaSSI)Dr. Peter Caldwell, Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center, USDAFS, Southern Research Station, Raleigh, NC
The WaSSI model is an online modeling tool that allows a user to generate estimates of the historical, current, or future predicted water stress index for a particular zipcode. In reality, the water stress index outputs represent the predominant Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) within a particular zipcode.