A Tool to Evaluate Coastal Habitat Vulnerability to Climate Change
The National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) System created the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Tool for Coastal Habitats (CCVATCH) to help land managers, decision makers, and researchers develop conservation, management, and restoration plans for coastal habitats in light of climate change. Reserves in New England and North and South Carolina will share the results from recent assessments they conducted. The presentation will demonstrate how CCVATCH serves as an evaluation process to identify sources of vulnerability, provide a greater understanding of the potential impacts of climate change alone and in relation to existing non-climate stressors, and identify data gaps and research needs.
- Speakers: Robin Weber, Stewardship Coordinator at Narragansett Bay NERR, and Jennifer Plunket, North Inlet-Winyah Bay NERR, will present their work to develop and use the CCVATCH. Robin has been engaged in CCVATCH design and testing and has implement it at multiple locations. Jen led a workgroup that developed the CCVATCH, served as the principal investigator on a project to pilot test the tool, and trained NERRS staff in the CCVATCH process.
- Learn more about: Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Tool for Coastal Habitats
- Collaborative Science for Estuaries Webinar Series:
- Join us for monthly webinars featuring project teams supported by the NERRS Science Collaborative. Speakers will share their unique approaches to addressing current coastal and estuarine management issues. Learn about new methods to integrate technical experts and users of project outputs into the research process, and how their research results and products might inform your work.
- The NERR System is a national network of 29 reserves, coastal sites designated to protect and study estuarine systems. Established through the Coastal Zone Management Act, the reserves are a partnership program between NOAA and the coastal states. The Science Collaborative is a cooperative program hosted by the University of Michigan and funded by NOAA.