Webinar - Southwest Climate Vulnerability


Presented by Megan Friggens, RMRS ecologist, and Jack Triepke, US Forest Service Southwestern Region

Sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Research Station

Climate change has created new challenges for resource managers with broad and often complex effects that make it difficult to accurately predict and design management options to minimize undesirable impacts.To address a gap in climate vulnerability assessments available for the Southwest, Friggens and Triepke developed a modeling study for all major upland ecosystem types at spatial and thematic scales applicable to local administrative units and landscapes. 

Vulnerability was determined by comparing the pre-1990 climate with the 2090 forecasted climate for all lands in Arizona and New Mexico.  Results suggest the majority of lands in Arizona and New Mexico are highly vulnerable to future climate impacts, but that vulnerability varies considerably by location and ecosystem type.

In this short webinar Friggens and Triepke will:

  • Talk about approaches to climate vulnerability assessments
  • Review vulnerability assessment information for the Southwest
  • Share methods and results for a case study of climate vulnerability for major ecosystem types of the region
  • Talk about next steps and available tools to address vulnerability
  • Take your questions and feedback

Click here to join the webinar.

Audio: 888-844-9904, Access 1625330#


May 26, 2020 10:00 am



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