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Clipboard on forest floorEcosystems will be increasingly be affected by a changing climate, and understanding the potential impacts is an important first step to sustaining healthy forests in the face of changing conditions. Sustainable forest management is critical for both the adaptation of forests to changing climatic conditions as well as mitigation of increased levels of atmospheric greenhouse gases.

Forest owners and managers need specific information, strategies, and tools to address the unique challenges of managing forests in a changing climate. Including, high-quality scientific research and data, key components necessary for informing land management decisions. 

The list below represents a selection of relevant data and research that is better enabling forest owners and managers make resource management decisions.


Climate Data and Research

Cities Impacts & Adaptation Tool (CIAT)

The Cities Impacts & Adaptation Tool (CIAT) is a climate adaptation planning support tool for decision makers at the city level in the Great Lakes Region of North America. It provides usable data such as demographics, socioeconomic data, and both current and projected climate trends. 


Conservation Biology Institute Climate Center: Data Basin

Data Basin platform is free and provides open access to thousands of scientifically-grounded, biological, physical, and socio-economic datasets. Users can connect to a growing climate change community and share data using Data Basin's dynamic web based mapping platform.


Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments 

Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments (GLISA) is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with additional support from University of Michigan and Michigan State Univ. GLISA is part of a national network of regional centers focused on adaptation to climate change and variability; linking science, people, and information, bridging the gap between producers and users of scientific information.


Midwestern Regional Climate Center

The Midwestern Regional Climate Center (MRCC) provides services and research to better explain climate and its impacts on the Midwest, providing practical solutions to specific climate problems, and to develop climate information for the Midwest on climate-sensitive issues such as agriculture, climate change, energy, the environment, human health, risk management, transportation, and water resources.


NASA - Global Climate Change

NASA's site delivers current news and data streams about global warming and climate change.


National Drought Mitigation Center

The National Drought Mitigation Center helps people and institutions develop and implement measures to reduce societal vulnerability to drought, stressing preparedness and risk management rather than crisis management.


National Water and Climate Center

The Natural Resources Conservation Service provides users access to high quality climate data, and climate reports - nationally, statewide and by county.


NOAA - National Climatic Data Center

NOAA Climate Data Center provides free access to NCDC's archive of historical weather and climate data in addition to station history information.



NOAA is a source of timely and authoritative scientific data and information about climate.


Northeast Regional Climate Center

The Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC) facilitates and enhances the collection, dissemination and use of climate data as well as monitors and assesses climatic conditions and impacts in the twelve- state, northeastern region of the United States.



Forest Data and Research

Forest Service Climate Change Tree and Bird Atlases

The USDA Forest ServiceClimate Change Tree and Bird Atlases examine current distributions and modeled future- climate habitats for individual tree and bird species by geographic areas primarily within the eastern US.


Forecasts of Climate Associated Shifts in Tree Species

The USDA Forest Service Forecasts of Climate-Associated Shifts in Tree Species (ForeCASTS) tool, depicts future suitable habitat ranges for North American tree species within the United States as well as across the globe.


Forest Service Forest Health Advisory System

The USDA Forest Service interactive tool and website designed to increase report on existing and predicted insect and disease conditions, and to raise awareness about forest health issues.



The USFS ForWarn assessment viewer is a satellite-based forest disturbance monitoring system for the conterminous United States. It delivers new forest change products every eight days and provides tools for attributing abnormalities to insects, disease, wildfire, storms, human development or unusual weather.


Managing lands under climate change

CCRC (2015). Both public and private natural resource managers are entrusted with maintaining these services in spite of the challenges posed by climate change and other threats. Actively managing forests and other ecosystems so they can adapt to climate change is a form of risk management. Find information on the principles of adaptation, strategies, adaptation case studies, citations and references for learning more. 


National Phenology Network

The USA National Phenology Network encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to observe and record phenology as a way to discover and explore the nature and pace of our dynamic world. The Network makes phenology data, models, and related information freely available to empower scientists, resource managers, and the public in decision-making and adapting to variable and changing climates and environments.


Silvicultural Guide for Northern Hardwoods in the Northeast

USDA Forest Service (2014). This is the fourth silvicultural guide for northern hardwoods (beech-birch-maple) in the Northeast. This guide is a revision of the most recent one published in 1987 (Leak et al. 1987). This new guide provides updated information compiled from decades of research and personal experience on approaches and results for a complete range of silvicultural practices for timber management as well as related implications for wildlife habitat development.