Adapting to Climate Change: A short course for land managers

Created: 8/05/2015 - Updated: 2/27/2020


Information in this short course summarizes the state-of-the science for natural resource managers and decisionmakers regarding climate variability, change, climate projections, and ecological and management responses to climate variability. The information and talks included were produced from a July 2008 workshop at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest that brought together key U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Geological Survey scientists, and a select group of pioneering resource managers who served as reviewers and discussants.

Presentations cover:

  • background information regarding the nature of past climates, climate variability and future projections of climate and ecological response;
  • information about the ecological consequences of climate change; and
  • management responses to climate variability.


Natural Resource Managers and Scientists


The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service is a Federal agency that manages public lands in national forests and grasslands. The Forest Service is also the largest forestry research organization in the world, and provides technical and financial assistance to state and private forestry agencies. Gifford Pinchot, the first Chief of the Forest Service, summed up the purpose of the Forest Service—"to provide the greatest amount of good for the greatest amount of people in the long run."


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