Guides & Case Studies

Analyzing and interpreting spatial information.

Assessing Climate Change for Landscapes and Major Vegetation Types across the Inter-Mountain West

Decision Support for Adaptive Management

Working with the Bureau of Land Management, NatureServe ecologists are assessing climate change across the West. The objective of this effort is to identify trends in climate across the entire western conterminous United States, and given these trends, to assess the relative climate change vulnerabilities of major vegetation types that occur on BLM lands. Our research focuses initially on comparing current (as of 2014) climatology to historical climate variability (mid-20th century), providing a contextualized metric of climate change. This same framework applies to forecasting climate...