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Climate Change Vulnerability Index for Northeast species

Completing Northeast Regional Vulnerability Assessment Incorporating the NatureServe Climate Change Vulnerability Index

NatureServe and Heritage Program collaborators have developed a Climate Change Vulnerability Index (CCVI) to provide a rapid, scientifically defensible assessment of species' vulnerability to climate change. The CCVI integrates information about exposure to altered climates and species-specific sensitivity factors known to be associated with vulnerability to climate change. This project applied the CCVI to 64 species selected in collaboration with state wildlife staff and other experts.

Numerous studies show that ongoing climate change will have major effects on the distribution and conservation status of much of our biodiversity. Resource managers urgently need a means to identify which species and habitats are most vulnerable to decline in order to direct resources where they will be most effective. To address this need, NatureServe and Heritage Program collaborators have developed a Climate Change Vulnerability Index (CCVI) to provide a rapid, scientifically defensible assessment of species’ vulnerability to climate change. The CCVI integrates information about exposure to altered climates and species-specific sensitivity factors known to be associated with vulnerability to climate change.  This project applied the CCVI to 60 species to be selected in collaboration with state wildlife experts, the Science Technical Review committee of the North Atlantic Coast, and with Manomet. Species selected for assessment represented a) Federal Trust species of high responsibility by the NALCC, b) foundation species for habitats currently being assessed for climate change vulnerability by the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, and c) Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) as identified by the Regional Conservation Needs program. To read the full proposal, click here.

Species assessments have been completed for all 64 species and the final report has been drafted. In June 2015, the North Atlantic LCC provided NatureServe with comments from four peer reviewers for consideration in finalizing the assessment.

On December 20th, 2011, Hector Galbraith and Lesley Sneddon gave a webinar on their respective vulnerability assessments, which can be viewed here.

Quarterly Reports

2012 Oct.-Dec. Quarterly Report - Northeast Vulnerability Assessment
2012 Jan-March Quarterly Report - Northeast Vulnerability Assessment
2012 July-Sept. Quarterly Report - Northeast Vulnerability Assessment
2012 April-June Quarterly Report - Northeast Vulnerability Assessment
2013 Jan.-March Quarterly Report - Northeast Vulnerability Assessment
2013 April-June Quarterly Report - Northeast Vulnerability Assessment

NALCC Funding:   $100,280

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