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A Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Focal Resources of the Sierra Nevada

Jessi Kershner and Jessi Kershner
Created: 3/06/2014 - Updated: 2/11/2019


This vulnerability assessment is an initial science-based effort to identify how and why focal resources (ecosystems, species populations, and ecosystem services) across the Sierra Nevada region are likely to be affected by future climate conditions. The overarching goal is to help resource managers and stakeholders plan their management of these focal resources in light of a changing climate. Specifically, this information can facilitate priority setting for management action and responses, helping to sustain optimal conditions for and productivity of focal resources. Twenty-seven focal resources including eight ecosystems, populations of fifteen species, and four ecosystem services were identified as important by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) as part of their forest plan revision process or by Sierra Nevada stakeholders and are considered in this assessment. This assessment centers on the Sierra Nevada region of California, from foothills to crests, including ten national forests and two national parks.

Published On

Friday, February 28, 2014


Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Air temperature
Diseases or parasites
Flow patterns
Growing season
Habitat extent
Invasive / non-native species, pests
Phenological shifts
Range shifts
Storms or extreme weather events
Water quality
Water supply
Water temperature
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Conduct / Gather additional research, data, and products
Conduct vulnerability assessments and studies
Climate Type: 
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Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Strategies for Focal Resources of the Sierra Nevada

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Case Study
Adaptation Phase: 

The Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Strategies for Focal Resources of the Sierra Nevada project, a joint effort between EcoAdapt and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), assessed the vulnerability of Sierra Nevada resources to both climate and non-climate stressors and developed adaptation strategies designed to reduce resource vulnerability and/or enhance resource resilience.