The Template for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options (TACCIMO) continues to expand and provide land managers, planners, and other decision makers with the best climate change science available. TACCIMO’s scientific literature database now contains information from more than 1,000 peer-reviewed sources describing the effects of climate change on natural resources as well as land management options that can help forests adapt to changing conditions. TACCIMO, a collaborative effort among the USDA Forest Service Eastern Forest and Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Centers and the National Forest System, offers a suite of web-based tools that enable users to review climate change forecasts, consider relevant literature-based science, and generate customized reports that assist with decision making related to long-term forest sustainability. Pictured above: Eastern Threat Center staff members evaluate an ever-growing body of scientific literature to select the best climate change science available for TACCIMO’s database.
“Increasingly we are concerned about the changing climate and the effects it is having on our forests. We need better ways to quickly find and apply rapidly improving scientific information, customized for different places all across a widely variable region. This is what TACCIMO is doing for us,” says David Meriwether, ecosystem management coordinator for the Forest Service Southern Region.
In addition to expanding TACCIMO’s scientific literature database, the TACCIMO development team is generating information to support Land and Resource Management Plan revision processes for El Yunque, Francis Marion, Nantahala-Pisgah, and Southern Sierra National Forests. The TACCIMO team is also partnering with the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative to develop a Vulnerability Assessment for the Sierra Nevada region.
Paul Arndt, the Southern Region’s regional planner says, “As our National Forests are working on revising their Forest Plans, being informed with the latest scientific information on climate change is an essential part of the planning process. It would be very challenging for an individual Forest to have the time, experience, and knowledge necessary to identify all the available information on climate change and to stay abreast of the latest research that is being added to the body of knowledge on climate change on an almost daily basis. TACCIMO has taken that challenge on and has been invaluable to the forest planning teams by providing a means for them to have easy access to that body of knowledge.”
The TACCIMO development team works with partners to continually expand and enhance the tool and is available to provide training and assistance to users. “The TACCIMO tool and the staff that supports it have been great assets for our region. And I believe we are only beginning to see the value they provide,” says Meriwether.