Skip to main content

Forecasting Potential Climate Refugia to Guide Conservation of Montane Species

Jane Foster, Landscape Ecologist in a postdoctoral position with the University of Minnesota and the Northeast Climate Science Center will present this webinar.

Montane forests and the species that live in them are vulnerable to climate change. This vulnerability presents a challenge to land managers who must prioritize protected areas for conservation and anticipate potential impacts of changing environmental conditions. Landscape simulation models can be useful tools to predict where montane forests will persist under climate change scenarios, but only if they replicate sufficient spatial and topographic detail at scales that managers find useful to inform adaptive planning. She will talk about her landscape modeling project to predict climate refugia for montane spruce-fir forests in the Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont using LANDIS-II. She has developed new maps of forest composition and soil properties for this National Forest to generate the most realistic starting conditions for projections of change under future climate. The fine spatial detail in climate, vegetation and soils data allows us to detect how species growth rates diverge under climate change in different parts of this topographically complex landscape. Her ongoing interactions with resource managers are critical to ensure that we create realistic projections of future forest conditions that will be useful and relevant to managers making conservation decisions in these landscapes.

Who Is Attending

Add Comment

Comments (0)

Post

About the Extension Foundation

The Extension Foundation was formed in 2006 by Extension Directors and Administrators. Today, the Foundation partners with Cooperative Extension through liaison roles and a formal plan of work with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) to increase system capacity while providing programmatic services, and helping Extension programs scale and investigate new methods and models for implementing programs. The Foundation provides professional development to Cooperative Extension professionals and offers exclusive services to its members. In 2020 and 2021, the Extension Foundation has awarded 85% of its direct funding back to the Cooperative Extension System, 100% of funds are used to support Cooperative Extension initiatives. 

This technology is supported in part by New Technologies for Agriculture Extension grant no. 2020-41595-30123 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and membership funding. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the content are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For more information, please visit extension.org. You can view the terms of useat extension.org/terms.

×
×
×
Link copied to your clipboard.
×