Climate Change Atlas


General Information:

Author: United States Departement of Agriculture, Forest Service

Year of publication: No information

Available languages: English

Details of Assessment:

Type of assessment: Vulnerability assessment

Details: Assessing the impact of climate change on tree and bird species- a multi-stage modeling approach

Format of assessment: Web tool

Estimated costs for conducting: No information

Estimated duration of assessment: No information

To be carried out by whom: Multiple actors

Details: Government representatives or researchers

Institutional scale of use: Regional

Details: Tree and bird habitats in the Eastern United States

Assesment to be used by which target audience: Multiple actors

Details: Natural resource managers and others / general public

Output: Others (see details)

Details: Species distribution maps under different climate scenarios


Coverage & Methodology:

Region of origin: North America

Developed by which sector: State-run

Applied in practice: Yes

Geographic coverage in analysis: North America

Potential geographic coverage: Eastern United States

Sectors covered: Biodiversity

Details: Ecosystems

Method used: Scenario mapping

Description of methodology: 3-step modelling approach: How suitable tree and bird species habitats may change under future climate scenarios; The likelihood that modelled future habitats are colonized by the species; How much can unmodelled factors like disturbances and biological characteristics change future outcomes

Risk framework used: No explicit use of risk framework

Risk components incorporated: Hazard

Details: Region specific hazards

Hazards and impacts considered in the assessment: Loss of biodiversity

Details: Hazards considered depend on the context

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

Details: Use of existing data on the bird and tree distribution, environment and climate, forest density etc. in the focus region

Temporal scale: Forward looking

Participatory elements: No

Consideration of interconnectedness and -dependencies of risks: No information

Adressing uncertainty: No information

Scope of assessment: Identification of risks, assessment of impacts

Relevance for losses and damages:

Economic/Non-Economic losses incorporated: Non-Economic

Details: Only assessment of changes in species distribution maps under different climate scenarios

Applicability for entire risk spectrum (from extreme weather events to slow onset processes): No


Recommendations for Adaptation measures included in Climate Risk Assessment: No

Usefulness for political purposes: Project proposals- adaptation fund

Applied by whom: USDA Forest Service

Open access: Yes