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Tuesday, November 10 • 11:00am - 11:30am
Conservation Planning Using a Spatially Explicit Decision Support Framework for Climate Adaptation

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David Richardson*, The Nature Conservancy (TNC); Becky Shirer, TNC; Kristin France, TNC; Stevie Adams, TNC; and Chris Zimmerman, TNC.

The Nature Conservancy in New York is producing a decision support tool, named the Natural Resource Navigator, to help natural resource managers identify appropriate adaptation strategies. While both written guidances on how to adapt conservation practice to climate change and an array of datasets that could inform adaptation planning currently exist, practitioners have struggled to implement these largely generic recommendations and integrate disparate datasets to inform decisions. This tool addresses these challenges and facilitates the development of actionable site-specific strategies. By synthesizing spatial data on natural resource conditions, non-climate threats, and climate change exposure and sensitivity, the tool provides a structured process for managers to use data to select the most appropriate climate adaptation options for their particular area or target. In addition, the complete toolkit will provide resources for implementing the chosen adaptation action and high quality exports, including maps and documentation of the decision process. While the tool’s underlying data focuses on NY, the framework could be adapted for other locations. We will demonstrate how the tool can be applied to various types of adaptation projects, highlighting several freshwater and terrestrial case studies.


Tuesday November 10, 2015 11:00am - 11:30am
Green Mountain B

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