Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Management Options (CCAMMO)

USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station

SUMMARY: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Management Options (CCAMMO) is an interdisciplinary project with the goal of providing a state-of-the-science analysis of forest management options to guide natural resource decision making in the face of future climate change. The project is being led by the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) and involves SRS scientists, university scientists, and partners in other state and federal agencies throughout the southern United States. CCAMMO builds on the Southern Forest Futures Project and uses projections of future land cover, climate, and human population density as a guiding framework of possible future conditions in the southern United States.

CCAMMO addresses critical concepts related to ecosystem resilience, vulnerability, and risk using common definitions and a consistent conceptual framework. Although CCAMMO utilizes the most relevant and recent science, it is more than a literature review. CCAMMO brings together science experts and land managers from various disciplines and regions throughout the south to combine science, models, and on-the-ground experience to develop management options. Utilizing decades of environmental monitoring data and silvicultural studies from experimental forests are among the key aspects of CCAMMO.

The primary research product from CCAMMO will be a peer reviewed document published both in hard-copy and online. This document will serve as the foundation for various products that will be developed and implemented to ensure effective technology transfer, such as podcasts, webinars, workshops, etc.

EFETAC'S ROLE: Eastern Threat Center scientists are contributing chapters on ecological and economic vulnerability and risk, water quality and quantity, and invasive species to the peer reviewed CCAMMO document.

STATUS: Completed

CCAMMO ecoregionsPROGRESS: CCAMMO was originally developed by a team of scientists and stakeholders at a workshop in Raleigh, NC, in early spring 2010. Since that time, science teams analyzed data, applied models, interpreted potential responses, and developed management options. Science teams used a consistent approach and databases for current and future land use and climate change projections. Where possible, specific analyses were conducted by eco-regions (right) defined by the Southern Forest Futures project, and case studies were used to provide examples of how information can be applied in a local management context.

CRC Press published Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Management Options: A Guide for Natural Resource Managers in Southern Forest Ecosystems in December 2013.

Above right: CCAMMO ecoregions. Click image to enlarge.



CCAMMO publication (CRC Press)

CCAMMO fact sheet

"Managing Southern Forests under Climate Change" (related article from CompassLive)

James Vose, Research ecologist and co-project leader for the Center for Integrated Forest Science and Synthesis, or 828-506-0924

Updated February 2014

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