Goal Three: Build Capacity
The desired outcomes for Goal Three of the B.C. Forest Stewardship Action Plan for Climate Change Adaptation are that:
New! Feature: Climate Change Adaptation Workshops
Fostering Resilient Forests and Ecosystems
BC’s climate is changing: What does this mean for BC forests, and what can we do about it? Workshops will be held in six locations in
February and March 2013. For
more information or to register, see:
Feature: Climate Modeling and Analysis
Decision support tools are essential for making forest and resource management decisions for climate change adaptation. Tools that model future climates for impact analyses and for use in assessing the vulnerability of our forests and communities are valuable in supporting adaptation.
Climate modeling and analysis tools include:
ClimateWNA is a freely downloadable software package hosted by the University of British Columbia, Centre for Conservation Genetics (CFCG) and is available for free download at http://www.genetics.forestry.ubc.ca/cfcg/ClimateWNA/ClimateWNA.html. It provides historical climate data and climate change projections at a scale suitable for researchers and resource managers. Instructions for using the tool are found on the site. You can also download the GCM input files for ClimateWNA created by the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium.
By entering the latitude, longitude and elevation of their planting site, seed users can determine if the climate of their planting site is projected to get warmer and/or wetter under future climate conditions. With this knowledge, we can help guide seed transfer decisions (movement of seed sources) in the direction of climate change. - Tree Improvement Branch
Plan2Adapt is a freely available tool created by the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) to help planners and resource managers assess climate change at a regional scale. Users select their region (e.g. Kitimat-Stikine), a future time period (e.g. 2050s) and the time of year (e.g. summer). The tool generates easily understandable information on future temperature, precipitation, snowfall, growing degree days, heating degree days and frost free days. Information is provided through descriptive text, high-resolution maps, graphs and data tables.
Selecting and Using Climate Scenarios for British Columbia is a report written by the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. This report assists those engaged in climate change impact, vulnerability and adaptation analyses by providing guidelines on how to choose climate scenarios, including the choice of appropriate spatial and temporal scales of the data and methods to use.