Assessing Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation in the Great Basin: A Policy Perspective on Resource Managers and the Use of Science in Decision Making

Eric Lindquist
Posted on: 7/18/2022 - Updated on: 1/17/2023

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This project aimed to contribute to effective decision making in the region for the scientific community and general public. Resource managers in the Great Basin are dealing with significant questions regarding how best to make decisions in the natural and human systems in response to climate change. Vulnerability assessments and other tools are used for climate change adaptation, but their effectiveness is not widely understood or examined. Assessing these tools for their utility and for their ability to translate science into accessible and available information for users, including the general public, is critical for the future viability and sustainability of the Great Basin. This project applied social and policy methods to these important questions. Findings in scientific and lay terms will be made available to decision makers and the general public in a variety of formats.


Eric Lindquist. (2016). Assessing climate change vulnerability and adaptation in the Great Basin: a policy perspective on resource managers and the use of science in decision making. U.S. Geological Survey. 


The USGS is a science organization that provides impartial information on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources we rely on, the impacts of climate and land-use change, and the core science systems that help us provide timely, relevant, and useable information.

The Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) was established in 2010 by the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) to address the challenges presented by climate change and variability in the northwestern United States. The center is a federally-led research collaboration hosted by three major universities: Oregon State University, University of Washington, and University of Idaho. In addition to the host institutions, the NW CSC also includes important partner institutions.


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