Water

The remainder of the 21st century will present significant challenges for forest watershed management, as rapid and compounded climatic and socioeconomic changes contribute to an increasingly uncertain future. Among these challenges is an increased risk of water scarcity for a growing human population, even in regions where water has historically been abundant. Periods of low rainfall are likely to be punctuated by episodes of heavy precipitation. Due to their ability to moderate hydrologic extremes and improve water quality by filtering nutrients and sediment, forests from rural to urban landscapes will be increasingly relied upon to provide clean, reliable water supplies for human uses, as well as for aquatic ecosystems.   

 
Caroline Lake, Wisconsin

Project partners identified a number of potential adaptation actions with the overarching intent to maintain the resilience of the forest to changing conditions. In the northern hardwood forest, actions to maintain and enhance tree species diversity were prescribed to reduce the...

The Nature Conservancy: Caroline Lake Preserve

Prescribed burn on the Crab Orchard NWR

The Refuge used the Adaptation Workbook to evaluate the impacts of climate change on the Refuge and its ability to meet management objectives. They considered both challenges and opportunities related to climate change, and selected adaptation actions to address issues like a...

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge Habitat Management Plan

mdo-alert

Subscribe to the alert with your area of interest. The Southeast Regional Climate Hub (SERCH) monitors the monthly drought outlook dataset for changes at your area of interest. We send you a summary email notification of any changes.

SERCH LIGHTS Monthly Drought Outlook Email Alert

USDA Forest Service Climate Change Resource Center

The CCRC addresses the land manager's question "What can I do about climate change?" The CCRC provides information about climate change impacts on forests and other ecosystems, and approaches to adaptation and mitigation in forests and grasslands. The website...

USDA Forest Service Climate Change Resource Center

USDA Forest Service Climate Change Resource Center - Ed. Modules

Provide an in-depth introduction to basic climate change science, the effects of climate change on forest and grassland ecosystems, and how we can respond to climate change with management.

Education Modules

Map of Puerto Rico displaying forest types

Overview Issues of water quality and scarcity are of great concern across the U.S. Caribbean. In recent years Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have experienced uncommonly dry weather that has caused moderate to severe droughts. In 2014-2015, severe drought in Puerto Rico...

Drought Effects on Forests and Rangelands in the US Caribbean

Neighborhood trees line a city street

i-Tree consists of several different applications focused on quantifying the benefits of local trees for neighborhoods and communities. Each application has a unique focus, however several calculate the carbon sequestration and/or energy savings benefits of urban trees.

i-Tree

The ACFP toolbox contains tools to: Process (or “hydro-condition”) a watershed’s high-resolution topographic data for terrain analyses Determine which fields within a watershed are most prone to contribute runoff to streams Identify where field-scale and edge-of-...

Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF)

Webinar Scientists explaining research: Climate, wildfire, and erosion ensemble foretells more sediment in western USA watersheds, USGS & USU Extension Regional Research U.S. Forest Service science on climate change and wildfire effects in riparian areas, out of the Rocky...

Northwest Forestry Research and Data Overview

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