[pccgrads] Halofsky on "Adapting to climate change through science-management partnerships: Examples from federal lands in the West" Monday 4/27 at 1:30

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Climate Impacts Group Seminar

Speaker: Jessica E. Halofsky, Post-Doctoral Research Ecologist; University
of Washington, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences

Title: "Adapting to climate change through science-management partnerships:
Examples from federal lands in the West"

Date and Time: Monday, April 27, 1:30-2:30 PM

Location: PoE Commons, Wallace Hall

Natural resource managers need concrete ways to adapt to and balance the
negative effects of climate change. I helped to initiate a series of
science-management partnerships to support climate change adaptation on
federal lands in the western United States. Goals of the partnerships were
to: (1) synthesize published information and data to assess the exposure,
sensitivity, and adaptive capacity of key resource areas, including water
use, infrastructure, fisheries, and vegetation and disturbance; (2) develop
science-based adaptation strategies and tactics that will help to mitigate
the negative effects of climate change and assist the transition of
biological systems and management to a warmer climate; (3) ensure adaptation
strategies and tactics are incorporated into relevant planning documents;
and (4) foster an enduring partnership to facilitate ongoing dialogue and
activities related to climate change in the partnerships regions. After an
initial vulnerability assessment by agency and university scientists and
local resource specialists, adaptation strategies and tactics were developed
in a series of scientist-manager workshops. The final vulnerability
assessments and adaptation actions are incorporated in technical reports.
The partnerships produced concrete adaptation options for national forest
and other natural resource managers and illustrated the utility of
place-based vulnerability assessments and scientist-manager workshops in
adapting to climate change.

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