Developing Ecologically and Socially Robust Adaptation Frameworks for the LCCs


Drs. Dominick A. DellaSala and Marni Koopman, Geos Institute

Webinar Date: 9/27/2012

For the past 4 years, the Geos Institute( has been developing adaptation blueprints and stakeholder processes that aid land managers and communities in preparing for climate change. Conservation blueprints use numerous spatial data layers that reflect current conditions (patterns of biodiversity, focal species distributions, landscape intactness, etc) combined with potential future conditions (downscaled climate projections, dynamic vegetation model output, and climate envelope model output) to identify priority areas and potential climatic refugia in a changing climate. We have piloted this approach in the North Pacific LCC and Southern Rockies LCC. In our community-based adaptation planning process, known as ClimateWise, we use the blueprint approach and other relevant climate change science to assist communities in planning across sectors for climate change in an integrated and ecologically sound manner. This process has been piloted at watershed and regional scales in Oregon, California, and Montana.

In this webinar, we will illustrate both adaptation blueprints for large regions and ClimateWise processes for stakeholder planning at more localized scales that are consistent with an "all lands approach" adopted by the LCCs and are exportable throughout the LCC network.

Dr. Dominick A. DellaSala, Chief Scientist and President, has authored over 200 scientific publications, including the award winning "temperate and boreal rainforests of the world" (Island Press). He is currently a member of the Science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge committee of the North Pacific LCC and serves as the North America Section President of the Society for Conservation Biology.

Dr. Marni Koopman is a Wildlife Biologist and Climate Change Scientist with the Geos Institute. Marni has led ClimateWise processes in numerous communities in western states. She has also contributed to the development of 4 Conservation Blueprints. Marni previously conducted postdoctoral research on current and future impacts of climate change on terrestrial wildlife populations across the U.S. She has a M.S. from UC Berkeley and a PhD from the University of Wyoming,both focused on identifying barriers to dispersal among different species of wildlife.