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Scheller and Duveneck to Minnesota and Michigan Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments

posted Sep 25, 2012, 4:00 PM by   [ updated Sep 25, 2012, 4:47 PM by Robert Scheller ]

We (Scheller and Duveneck) travelled to Grand Rapids, Minnesota in July; and Pellston, Michigan in September to take part in Minnesota and Michigan Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Workshops.  At each workshop, the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) assembled a collection of scientists, managers, and other stakeholders to assess the vulnerability of specific forest types to climate change. To set the stage with modeling results we presented forest change simulation results using LANDIS-II. We were joined by Louis Iverson using TREE-ATLAS, and Emily Peters and Kirk Withers using PnET-CN.  Following the modeling results, we participated in a challenging task to assign a vulnerability and negative impact score (low to high) for each forest type (Figure 1).  Before and after each workshop we enjoyed exploring some of the actual forests that we are modeling, sampled walleye in Minnesota and cherry pie in Michigan!

Sep 25, 2012, 4:01 PM