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Climate Adaptation Evaluation and Monitoring
September 30, 2015 1PM EST/10 AM PST • National Adaptation Forum Webinar Series
Overview
This quarterly National Adaptation Forum Webinar focused on climate adaptation evaluation and monitoring examples in the field. EcoAdapt's Adaptation Ladder of Engagement helps you assess your "State of... [show full overview]
This quarterly National Adaptation Forum Webinar focused on climate adaptation evaluation and monitoring examples in the field. EcoAdapt's Adaptation Ladder of Engagement helps you assess your "State of Adaptation" to determine what you could be doing improve your efforts to address climate change. One of the critical steps in the ladder is evaluation. Practitioners in the field are looking at ways to integrate monitoring and evaluation into their work to determine what is working and what is not working. Our panelists Rachel Gregg, Anne Carlson, and Mallory Morgan talked about examples of climate adaptation evaluation and monitoring efforts in the field.
 
This is the eighth installment of the National Adaptation Forum Webinar Series and was sponsored by EcoAdapt and hosted by CAKE. For other NAF webinar recordings, visit www.cakex.org/NAF/webinars.


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Agenda & Speakers
Webinar Recording

Climate Adaptation Evaluation Monitoring from CAKE on Vimeo.

Panel Members:
  • Rachel M. Gregg, M.M.A., Lead Scientist, EcoAdapt. Is it Doing Any Good?: Monitoring and Evaluating Climate Adaptation ActivitiesClimate change monitoring programs may be categorized as those that (1) assess climatic and environmental changes, (2) evaluate how climate change affects management or planning goals, (3) prioritize and decide between available adaptation strategies, or (4) determine the effectiveness of implemented management and policy actions so that they may be redesigned, if necessary. This last category is especially important in order to improve the success of climate change response strategies. Metrics for evaluating the success of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are fairly standardized and applied, while metrics to monitor the effectiveness of adaptation are few and far between. Because the field of adaptation has grown so quickly, many of the strategies that have been designed and/or implemented are not being monitored and evaluated for effectiveness. This talk will present examples of adaptation monitoring and evaluation from EcoAdapt's State of Adaptation program and introduce participants to several projects within this discipline.
  • Anne Carlson, Ph.D., Climate Associate, The Wilderness Society. Carnivores, water and weeds: Improving the success of climate change response strategies through effective monitoring programs. As the climate changes, managers and conservation practitioners are increasingly asked to develop monitoring programs that will allow them to evaluate the effectiveness of management actions on a wide variety of natural resource values. To facilitate learning and discussion about this very challenging need, I will share three examples of monitoring programs intended to create real-time information feedback loops for managers for both climate and non-climate stressors: each is designed to facilitate learning about the effectiveness of specific management interventions through time. The examples chosen highlight the potential for differences in protocols, monitoring schedules, effort, cost, geospatial scale, and personnel depending on the natural resource value of focus, and include ongoing work to: (1) monitor three species of forest carnivores (Canada lynx, wolverine, and fisher) as a means of facilitating planning for a suite of long-term restoration projects across three different National Forests in Montana; (2) assess the impacts of U.S. Forest Service road systems on aquatic ecosystems as a way of prioritizing restoration projects and evaluating the effectiveness of treatments; and (3) detect changes in the distribution and treatment efficacy of noxious weeds by multiple state, federal, and provincial agencies across the 18 million acre Crown of the Continent. 
  • Mallory Morgan, Climate Fellow, San Diego Foundation, A Qualitative Analysis of the Climate Change Action Plan for the Florida Reef System 2010-2015. This project seeks to evaluate the success and degree of implementation of the Climate Change Action Plan for the Florida Reef System 2010-2015. This Action Plan identifies interdisciplinary actions to be incorporated into reef management plans in order to address a myriad of climatic and non-climatic stressors to the reef system, minimize risks to coral reef dependent people and industries, and target scientific research priorities for strategic management.