REAs are assessments, not a program, and use existing data from resources available. Based on management questions, current conditions and future projections from the REAs can be used to inform management decisions. To be included into a REA, the data would already have been generated. That said, our Montana office is working with a Tribe -they are gathering cultural information that we hope will be available to incorporate into a REA under development.
Hdcc adaptation forum 2013 (rudy)
U.S. Department of the InteriorU.S. Geological SurveyHuman Dimensions of climateChange (HDCC)An InteragencyCollaborative forNatural ResourceManagement
Challenge to Natural ResourceManagement Agencies Natural resource agencies are challenged notonly by climate change impacts on terrestrialand marine resources, but also by relatedeffects on human communities that dependon these lands and waters. Effects include: economic activity, subsistence practices,demographic trends, human health, recreation,infrastructure, and community resilience, andothers
Focus of HDCC 1 We will approach the issues across federalagencies, disciplines, and non-federalinstitutions. Develop a framework for identifying humanimpacts of climate change and opportunities foradaptation useful for resourcemanagement sufficiently flexibleto meet the needsof multiple federalagencies.
Focus of HDCC 2 The overall objective for the project is tofocus on producing scientifically valid andconsistent methods of analyzing humansystem resilience and vulnerabilities in anuncertain climate. A guiding principle of this project is to linksocial science and social systems with thenatural science to understand the impacts ofclimate change.
Structure of HDCC 1 Scoped as a 3 year project Core Project Team establish primary framework & guidanceAffiliationKaren Blakney BLMTrish Clay NOAATom Fish DOI/NPSJoel Larson BLMJessica Montag BLMJohn Primo BOEMRudy Schuster USGSNatalie Sexton FWSBen Simon Office of Policy AnalysisRob Winthrop BLMKurt Johnson FWS Refuge CC coordinator
Structure of HDCC 2 Primary Working group ~15 social science climate change experts fromagencies and key partners Mix of researchers and managers Provide input in process, refine framework, createproducts Extended Working Group Review, provide data etc., refine, provide input,disseminate products,
Objective 1 Interagency Coordination: Sustain a community of practice on the humandimensions of climate change that facilitates sharing ofinformation and experience among scientists,managers, and community members. At a national scale
Objective 2 Provide an interagency forum to apply andevaluate practices, data sets, and indicatorsconcerning the human dimensions of climatechange(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Objective 3 Using this information, develop a commonframework across agencies for assessingand responding to the human effects ofclimate change relevant to resourcemanagement. Assessment protocols?(photo: www.boston.com)
Initial Activity 1 Identify key questions on the humandimensions of climate change to prioritizeinformation needs.National Geographic photo
Initial Activity 2 Climate Change Case Studies: Understand the suite of human systems impacts andrelationships with natural resources in a specificcontext First target area isopen for discussion! Will choose other areasto represent diversity resources, agencies,human systems, etc. Make relevant to otherClimate Changeresponse effortsPhotograph of Gulkana Glacier on August 31, 1967,USGS, #67L3-85.
Initial Activity 3 Social-Economic Project Database: Current and completed federal land management,domestic non-federal, and international social-economic climate change projects Information will beused to feed acollaborativenetwork (e.g. LCC &Climate ScienceCenters) Allow researchersto interact, entertheir data, andquery the databasePhotograph of Gulkana Glacier, Alaska on August 25,1987. Photograph by Bob Krimmel, USGS, #87R3-218.
Photograph of Gulkana Glacier on August 31, 1967,USGS, #67L3-85.Photograph of Gulkana Glacier, Alaska on August 25,1987. Photograph by Bob Krimmel, USGS, #87R3-218.
Initial Activity 4 Principles & Guidelines Document: on the use of social science methods to informresource management decisions related to climatechange Modeled on the widely-used Principles and Guidelines forSocial Impact Assessment (1994) Accessible guide for both social scientists andresource managers. This document will be a synthesis of results from theother tasks in this project as well as other sources
Climate ScienceCentersLandscapeConservationCooperativesMake relevant to otherClimate Changeresponse efforts
Schematic framework of anthropogenic climatechange drivers, impacts and responses in theSocial-Ecological System (adopted from IPCC2007)
Current Status Many Committee meetings Term Hire Looking for Student now!