A climate change vulnerability assessment of California’s terrestrial vegetation


General Information:

Author: Thorne, J.H. et al.

Year of publication: 2016

Available languages: English

Details of Assessment:

Type of assessment: Vulnerability assessment

Format of assessment: Report

Details: Publication of results in form of a scientific report

Estimated costs for conducting: No information

Estimated duration of assessment: No information

To be carried out by whom: Scientists/researchers

Institutional scale of use: National

Assesment to be used by which target audience: State level decision makers

Details: Elaborated for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Output: Others (see details)

Details: Scientific report including maps, tables and text


Coverage & Methodology:

Region of origin: North America

Developed by which sector: Science

Applied in practice: Yes

Geographic coverage in analysis: North America

Potential geographic coverage: Location specific data is needed as input

Sectors covered: Biodiversity

Details: Natural resources (vegetation)

Method used: Quantitative model

Description of methodology: Ranking of terristrial macrogroups according to their climatic vulnerability including estimates of sensitivity, adaptive capacity, climate exposure and expected shifts

Risk framework used: AR4

Risk components incorporated: Hazard, exposure, sensitivity

Hazards and impacts considered in the assessment: Changing precipitation patterns, Changing temperature patterns

Source of required data: Secondary (available data is used)

Details: Two GCM which are downscaled and hydroclimatic model; literature on vegetation patterns and characteristics

Temporal scale: Forward looking

Participatory elements: No

Consideration of interconnectedness and -dependencies of risks: Yes

Details: As far as models take them into account

Adressing uncertainty: Partly

Details: Only uncertainty in vegetation characteristics is adressed explicitly

Scope of assessment: Identification of risks, assessment of impacts, identification of adaptation options, priorization of adaptation options, identification of limits to adaptation

Relevance for losses and damages:

Economic/Non-Economic losses incorporated: Non-Economic

Applicability for entire risk spectrum (from extreme weather events to slow onset processes): Partly

Details: EWE are usually not well represented in general models


Recommendations for Adaptation measures included in Climate Risk Assessment: No

Usefulness for political purposes: Should be used as committed by official authority

Applied by whom: University of California, Davis

Open access: Yes