This spring, the SE CASC is hosting a virtual science seminar series highlighting SE CASC funded projects that support resource management actions across the Southeast. Each month a SE CASC researcher will provide an overview of their work and the management implications of their research findings. Learn more about the SE CASC Spring Science Seminar Series here.
Using Information From Global Climate Models to Inform Policymaking and Natural Resource Decision Making
Dr. Adam Terando, Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center
March 16 | 11AM ET
Climate change is a risk management challenge for society and natural resource managers because of the uncertain consequences for natural and human systems across decades to centuries. Climate-related science activities within the USGS emphasize research on adaptation to climate change. This research helps inform adaptive management processes and planning activities within other DOI bureaus and by DOI stakeholders. Global climate models are sophisticated numerical representations of the Earth’s climate system. Research groups from around the world regularly participate in a coordinated effort to produce a suite of climate models. This global effort provides a test bed to assess model performance and analyze projections of future change under various prescribed climate scenarios. These climate scenarios describe a plausible future outcome associated with a specific set of societal actions. Examining a range of projected climate outcomes based on multiple scenarios is a recommended best practice because it allows decision makers to better consider both short- and long-term risks and opportunities. In this talk, Dr. Terando will discuss these topics and how information from climate scenarios and global climate models can best be used to help inform natural resource management decisions in a warming planet.
Learn more about the speaker:
Dr. Adam Terando is a Research Ecologist with the US Geological Survey at the Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center located at North Carolina State University. A climate scientist by training, his research focuses on the risks posed by climate and land use change to ecosystems, and the complex human-environment relationships that drive these processes. This includes understanding climatically-induced changes to fire in the Southeast US, simulating suburban growth patterns, and developing ultra high-resolution climate projections for the U.S. Caribbean. He has served as the federal coordinating lead author for the Southeast Chapter of the recently issued Fourth National Climate Assessment and as a co-author on the North Carolina Climate Science Report.