Resource for Vulnerability Assessment, Adaptation and Mitigation Planning (ReVAMP)
Stakeholders have expressed a desire to have a resource that can help interpret and untangle the ever increasing array of climate information. They have asked the NC CSC to focus on management relevance and ensure that land and water managers have access to useful and usable information. Although peer-reviewed publications are important, managers have to be able to find and use information/tools (sometimes more quickly than waiting for journal publication). Input from the Stakeholder Advisory Committee, and interactions with resource managers, have identified a need for technical assistance in applying climate science to the management process, including vulnerability assessments, adaptation, and mitigation. The ReVAMP concept will help address this need.
The ReVAMP concept will serve as a central theme to connect the research done through the foundational science areas to decision-focused tools and information aimed at assisting resource managers in the region. Major components of the ReVAMP concept include:
- Decision support tools through a Common Modeling Framework (described in the NC CSC five year plan)
- Utilizing the USGS Resource for Advanced Modeling (RAM) collaborative workspace
- Initial configuration of ReVAMP through three solicited, decision-focused, projects (described below).
The strength of the ReVAMP concept is bringing state-of-the-science climate information into simulation of ecological impacts in a collaborative, co-production, of knowledge with scientists and managers. The NC CSC is bringing the computing tools, climate data, and management needs together to address complex situations and help stakeholders explore possible future scenarios. The NC CSC's use of the Resource for Advanced Modeling provides the ability to convene and make progress on inherently complex phenomena of integrated climate and ecological modeling for resource management solutions.
In addition to the foundational science work, in 2013 the NC CSC solicited three-year projects with a clear “articulation of the decision that is being considered and how it addresses important Department of Interior land, water, fish and wildlife, or cultural heritage resources in the region” and the inclusion of resource management decision makers as collaborators and/or investigators.
The three projects selected from that solicitation are:
- Informing implementation of the Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee’s Whitebark Pine Strategy. (PIs: Cathy Whitlock and Andy Hansen, MSU)
- Surrogate species for wetland-dependent birds in the prairie pothole region: selection, evaluation, and management application in the face of climate change. (PIs: Susan Skagen, USGS; and Barry Noon, CSU)
- Building Social-Ecological Resilience in Southwestern Colorado (Project team leads: Nina Burkardt and Rudy Schuster, USGS; Renée Rondeau, CO Nat. Heritage Program; Betsy Neely, The Nature Conservancy; Marcie Bidwell, Mountain Studies Inst.; Laurie Yung, UMT)
In addition to bringing climate science to the specific management issues, a secondary (but critical) objective of the solicited projects was to help direct the configuration of ReVAMP. The NC CSC selected projects that expressed a willingness to both use and help define the ReVAMP. In this capacity, and to complement the foundational science areas, it is the intention that these three projects focus on the intersection of the latest science on climate drivers, ecological impacts, and adaptation & mitigation.