Projects By Category: Vulnerability Assessment

Landscape Conservation Cooperatives use a collaborative approach to identify landscape-scale conservation solutions. LCCs work across jurisdictional and political boundaries to work with partners to: meet unfilled conservation needs, develop decision support tools, share data and knowledge and facilitate and foster partnerships.

As part of a shared science strategy, LCCs coordinate closely with the National Climate Change and Wildlife Center and the eight regional Climate Science Centers as well as Migratory Bird Joint Ventures and National Fish Habitat Partnerships across North America.

  • Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC

The project had four explicit objectives: 1) Conduct a climate vulnerability assessment of Species of Greatest Need of Conservation and major habitat types 2) Identify conservation strategies that increase resiliency or adaptive capacity, or mitigate the effects of climate change 3) Outline an ad

  • Gulf Coast Prairie LCC
  • Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC
  • Peninsular Florida LCC
  • South Atlantic LCC

Climate, sea level rise, and urbanization are undergoing unprecedented levels of combined change and are expected to have large effects on natural resources—particularly along the Gulf of Mexico coastline (Gulf Coast).

  • Western Alaska LCC

To evaluate the potential impacts of changes on waterbird habitat due to climate change, this project examines historic responses of water birds to storm surges on the Y-K Delta by examining waterbird distribution and breeding parameters before and after coastal storm surges between 1985 and 2012

  • Western Alaska LCC

No one has better knowledge and opportunity to document coastal storm effects than the people who live in coastal communities. By training a network of Local Environmental Observers to collect coastal storm data, we improve local capacity to engage in coastal observations.

  • Western Alaska LCC

Extensive mapping of coastal change will provide important baseline information on the distribution and magnitude of landscape changes over the past 41 years. With this analysis, changes can be summarized for different land ownership or other units to assess the extent of recent habitat loss.

  • Western Alaska LCC

The primary goal of this project is to facilitate the completion of ShoreZone mapping of biophysical resources of the coastal supratidal, intertidal, and subtidal areas in the southern Alaska Peninsula, and to make this mapping data web accessible and available to all who request the data.

  • Western Alaska LCC

This project will compile and analyze existing stream, river and lake temperatures data in SW Alaska, and will result in refinement of the monitoring plan developed to characterize thermal responses to ongoing climate change in the region.

  • Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC

The primary goals of this proposed project are to help identify and prioritize threats to endangered mussels and to determine whether existing environmental concentrations of ammonia, copper, and major ions in sediment pore-water are contributing to the decline of native mussel populations, as in

  • Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC

This project directly addresses the need for integration of climate change information and strategies into Wisconsin’s Wildlife Action Plan (WWAP) as identified by Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Land Conservation Cooperative.

  • Western Alaska LCC

This project focuses on permafrost change and its effect on lake habitat in Western Alaska. Resource managers and local communities need spatially explicit information to determine past lake habitat changes, identify spatial patterns correlated to climate, and project future habitat changes.

  • Western Alaska LCC

This project will provide an understanding of how precipitation patterns interact with watershed topography to control stream water sources and thermal regimes.

  • Western Alaska LCC

This project supports invasive plant surveys in Bristol Bay communities.

  • Western Alaska LCC

This project evaluates the connections between climate change impacts and health in 3 Bristol Bay communities: Nondalton, a lake community, Levelock, a river community, and Pilot Point, a coastal community.

  • Western Alaska LCC

This project will use ShoreZone imagery collected as part of another partnership effort to map nearly 1,600 km of coastline between Wales and Kotzebue, completing the Kotzebue Sound shoreline for inclusion in the state-wide ShoreZone dataset.

  • Western Alaska LCC

This project will use existing ShoreZone coastal imagery to map 719 km of shoreline in Bristol Bay, from Cape Constantine to Cape Newenham. This section of coastline is an extremely important herring spawning area and an important component of the Bristol Bay fisheries

  • Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC

Researchers are assessing how an expansion of forest reserves and climate-adaptive  management may improve ecological connectivity and resilience under different climate scenarios.  Resilience is being measured as the capacity for these systems to maintain extant forest communities and abovegroun

  • Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC

Full life-cycle vulnerability assessments are identifying the effects of climate change on nongame migratory birds that are of conservation concern and breed in the upper Midwest and Great Lakes region.

  • Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC

For management agencies, there is a growing need to understand (1) how climate change affects and will continue to affect wildlife populations of conservation concern, and (2) how the negative Upper Midwest Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative Request for Funding 2013 demographic effect

  • Pacific Islands LCC

Project will identify exposure of coastal native ecosystems by mapping potential impacts, thus allowing for an assessment of ecosystem vulnerability.

  • Pacific Islands LCC

Climate variability will likely have important effects on the future of marine ecosystems and may present a significant challenge for marine top predators.

  • Pacific Islands LCC

This endeavor establishes an iterative process to produce the first comprehensive climate assessment of the Pacific Islands region, resulting both in a stand-alone report and the content of the Pacific Islands regional chapter for the 2013 National Climate Assessment.

  • Pacific Islands LCC

Will determine patterns and causes of recent population declines in the Haleakala silversword associated with observed climate changes in Hawaii's high-elevation ecosystems.

  • Pacific Islands LCC

One common way to conduct species vulnerability assessments (VA) to climate change (CC) is to model species distributions and predict CC-related range shifts.

  • Pacific Islands LCC

This project will use projections of sea_level rise and coastal inundation to assess the vulnerability of native plant communities and associated cultural sites in the Main Hawaiian Islands between now and 2100.

  • Pacific Islands LCC

The primary objective of this project is to bring together Hawaii's climate change scientists, Molokai's traditional fishpond managers, and other natural resource managers to share scientific and cultural knowledge and work together as a team to identify adaptive management strategies f

  • Pacific Islands LCC

Past analysis has shown that temperature-dependent avian malaria is likely to reduce overall available Hawaiian forest bird habitat with temperature increases.

  • Plains and Prairie Potholes LCC

This project will develop a landscape dynamics model to project future (e.g., 25, 50, 100 yrs) trends in cottonwood forest area and age distribution for four remnant floodplain reaches on the Missouri River, based on recent rates (or alternative scenarios) of land use change, cottonwood recruitme

  • North Pacific LCC

This project will assess impacts of climate change on stream resources by considering the role of thermal heterogeneity and altered hydrologic regimes.

  • North Pacific LCC

This project builds on existing work by the Washington Habitat Connectivity Working Group to provide scientific analyses and tools necessary to conserve wildlife habitat connectivity.

  • North Pacific LCC

This project will look at how climate change has altered hydrologic systems, Pacific salmon habitat, and survival of salmon in the Nooksack River watershed. It will develop an adaptation plan that can be adopted and integrated into management plans.

  • North Pacific LCC

Hydrologic projections will be developed for diverse wetland habitats in the Pacific Northwest for the 2020s, 2040s and 2080s, which can be used to support ecological and landscape-based vulnerability assessments and climate adaptation planning.

  • North Pacific LCC

This project continues the work previously funded by the NPLCC, Climate Adaptation Planning for British Columbia Provincial Parks: A guide to conducting a rapid assessment of climate impacts on park management objectives.

  • North Pacific LCC

This project will utilize a landscape connectivity simulator and a genetic simulation program to model functional (dispersal and genetic) connectivity in the North Pacific Landscape.

  • North Pacific LCC

This project will identify existing institutional and cultural barriers to the sharing of Tribal TEK and expansion of Tribal management and provide recommendations for their resolution at local, regional and national levels.

  • North Pacific LCC

A soil vulnerability index and a map indicating where forest cover are likely to be most affected by changes in precipitation and temperature will be developed.

  • North Pacific LCC

This project will apply the results of an on-going climate change vulnerability assessment to the management of two complex landscapes: the Willamette Basin and British Columbia Protected Areas.

  • North Pacific LCC

Incorporate Heiltsuk Traditional Knowledge and Values into ecosystem-based management planning within Strategic Landscape Reserve Design (SLRD) Landscape Units. Identify areas to set aside from logging (harvesting) over short and long term timeframes.

  • North Pacific LCC

This project will utilize traditional ecological knowledge to establish traditional gathering practices. Interviews will be conducted with traditional gatherers (a.k.a. subsistence) over the last two generations to get baseline data.

  • North Pacific LCC

Create conceptual models of environmental and community health indicators in reference to climate forecasts. Sensitivity of species and habitats to climate will be cross-walked with recently developed Coast Salish community health indicators (e.g.

  • North Pacific LCC

Produce a base GIS map layer of riparian area and condition and to prioritize riparian areas likely to increase biological resilience to climate change withing WA and OR.

  • North Pacific LCC

Obtain information regarding past catastrophic events, such as tsunamis, and TEK through oral history interviews with Tolowa elders regarding the effects of climate change and tsunamis on traditional smelt fishing camps; generate a GIS model of coastal inundation due to sea level rise and overla

  • North Pacific LCC

A sea level rise vulnerability assessment has been completed for the shorelines of San Juan County Washington.

  • North Pacific LCC

A recent (2008-2012) outbreak of Geometrid moths has decimated subsistence berry harvest in South Central Alaska. This project will develop a risk model to predict where subsistence berry plants will be most resistant to Geometrid attack.

  • North Pacific LCC

This project will apply sound science to development of best management practices in the preparation of coast redwoods for climate change at a workshop and related field trip involving multiple partners and others.

  • North Pacific LCC

This project will complete a tribally-based climate change vulnerability assessment t and adaptation plan for Eulachon that spawn in the Chilkoot and Chilkat rivers near Haines, Alaska.

  • North Pacific LCC

The vulnerability of Pacific Lamprey to climate change will be evaluated by using an approach that relies on existing climate change model projections for stream conditions (i.e.

  • North Pacific LCC

The primary objective of the research is to develop a rule-based decision support system to predict the relative vulnerability of nearshore species to climate change.

  • North Atlantic LCC

The North Atlantic LCC and Northeast states developed a synthesis of regional conservation information for State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) revisions.

  • North Pacific LCC

Baseline information required to assess sea-level rise impacts to marsh habitats will be compiled. The project will provide relevant information to local managers that are key components to long-term monitoring to understand ecosystem responses to sea-level rise and storms.

  • Great Northern LCC

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) will identify and implement the goals and objectives outlined in CSKT Climate Change Strategic Plan.