Carlos Carroll

Klamath Center for Conservation Research
The unprecedented challenge of climate change has led managers to search for new types of information for identifying areas whose conservation would facilitate persistence of biodiversity in the face of this novel threat. However, the uncertainty and complexity of climate science make it difficult to translate into practical action on-the-ground. Many components of climate change must be considered, including temperature shifts, hydrologic changes, disturbances (e.g., fire, drought, pests/pathogens), population demographics and genetics, interspecies interactions, dispersal/migration patterns, and adaptive responses to changing environmental conditions. AdaptWest is a spatial database and synthesis of methods for conservation planning that helps address such information needs by providing data on a variety of climate-related metrics and detailed background context for evaluating the utility of different metrics in the context of a particular planning process. I will discuss several recently developed datasets available on adaptwest.databasin.org and how they can be used in climate adaptation planning. These datasets include downscaled climate data, climate velocity, locations of refugia for species and climate types, environmental diversity, and land facet data. Data viewers allow users to rapidly summarize data and generate reports on the degree of climate change exposure for individual protected areas. Beyond description of available data, a further goal of the talk is to help build connections between researchers, planners, land managers, and others interested in conserving adaptive capacity across broad landscapes.