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Regional Data and Research

SERCH is focusing on expanding a few key climate variability tools for landowners and decision-makers; delivering a series of online learning modules on climate variability, vulnerability, adaptation, and mitigation; and collaborating with the Extension E-Learning Network to develop modules to assist extension with climate adaptation.Screen shot of the Climate Hubs Tool Shed

 

The Climate Hubs Tool Shed which provides information on tools from across the country that can assist agriculturE and forest land managers in adapting to climate variability and change. Users can search with a keyword and our simple categories or use the advanced search.

This resource includes tools that are directly relevant to climate variability and change, as well as tools that assist in managing factors that interact with climate variability and change, such as drought, pests, and extreme weather. The target audience is extension and consultants, but the database is also useful for land managers, land owners, and researchers. For information on how to use the site, please visit the About page.

 

 

The Template for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options (TACCIMO) is a web-based tool that provides land owners, managers, and planners with the most current climate change science available. Developed by USDA Forest Service Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center researchers in partnership with Southern Regional Planning, Land and Resource Management; Southern Regional Cooperative Forestry; and Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center, the TACCIMO tool compiles climate change projections, literature-based impacts and management options; synthesizes these inputs based on user-defined criteria; and generates customized reports to aid forest planning and management. Training videos and quick start guides are available to help users get started. Begin exploring TACCIMO here: http://www.taccimo.sgcp.ncsu.edu/.

 

The WaSSI Ecosystem Services Model can help natural resource planners and managers evaluate the balances and tradeoffs between ecosystem services such as carbon and water in light of changing environmental conditions such as climate and land use/land cover change. USDA Forest Service Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center scientists have created a web-based planning tool for the lower 48 United States that can simulate an unlimited number of global change scenarios for and timeframes through 2100. Simulation results are available as downloadable maps, graphs, and data files that can be applied to meet unique project needs. The WaSSI model is available here, along with English and Spanish language user guides: http://www.wassiweb.sgcp.ncsu.edu/.

Image credits: USDA Forest Service, EFETAC

AgroClimate is an online resource for reducing risks associated with climate variability and improving crop management decisions. Simualtion models and interactive tools allow users to explore different climate conditions and evaluate changes in drought conditions, freeze risk, and disease risk for agricultural systems. Developed by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Southeast Climate Consortium, University of Florida, Florida Automated Weather Network, and Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network and for use across the southeastern US, AgroClimate can help producers understand climate conditions affecting crop development and yield and develop strategies for the coming season. Read the overview factsheet here: http://agroclimate.org/management/AgroClimate.pdf.

Image credits: AgroClimate, University of Florida

Integrated Pest Management – Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education (ipmPIPE) in an online platform that combines the science of plant pests and pathogens with climate science to support crop decision-making. Pest and pathogen cases are reported by growers, extension agents, and other professionals and confirmed by experts. This information, along with advanced climate models, is used to alert growers of these disturbances at low, medium, and high risk levels. Growers can delay applications of costly pesticides and fungicides until risks are medium or high in their location and also be alerted of unexpected risks. Specific modules include cucurbit downy mildew, soybean rust, legumes, pecans, onions, and southern corn rust.

Image credits: ipmPIPE