Building capacity to understand and manage vulnerability of ecosystem services to climate and land use change

Timeframe: 
2012 to 2015

Understanding vulnerabilities of ecological systems and human communities under climate and land use change and implementing adaptation strategies is remarkably challenging.  The goal of this work is to develop and implement tools to conduct vulnerability assessments of ecological response to climate and land use change at spatial scales relevant to human adaptation to these changes.  Specific objectives are as follows.  1. Build capacity for global change assessment by adopting/developing an integrated set of simulation and/or statistical models that allow assessment of ecological response to climate and land use change at small watershed, greater ecosystem, and regional spatial scales.  2.  Apply the models to hindcast and forecast snowpack, runoff, primary productivity, fire, key ecological system types, and select individual native and pest species under climate and land use change.  3.  Better empower public land managers to understand and manage under global change through collaboration on using model results to assess ecological vulnerability to climate and land use change and developing adaptation and management strategies. 4.  Educate University students and the citizens of Montana on ecological vulnerability to climate and land use change through two symposia conducted across the state.

IoE Graduate Student(s): 

Partners

MSU IoE Office

Montana State University
605 Leon Johnson Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717
(406) 994-2374
MSU Director: Cathy Whitlock

UM IoE Office

The Universityi of Montana

The University of Montana
Davidson Honors College
Missoula, MT 59812
(406) 243-6058
UM Director: Maury Valett

 

Montana University System

Montana University System

Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
2500 Broadway Street
Helena, MT 59620
406-444-6570