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Adaptation Working Group Webinar

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

When: Tuesday, January 10, 2-3 pm (MST)

Dial in: 855-547-8255, passcode: 67416#

Planning for adaptation in a changing climate: assessing social and ecological vulnerability in Southwestern Colorado

Betsy Neely, The Nature Conservancy and Laurie Yung, University of Montana


Like much of the mountainous West, the San Juan and Gunnison basins in Southwestern Colorado are considered to be at risk for climate change effects. The Social-Ecological Climate Resilience (SECR) project, funded by the North Central Climate Science Center, included a multi-disciplinary team that worked in these basins in order to better understand climate vulnerability and potential adaptation options. Goals of the study were to facilitate adaptation that contributes to social ecological resilience, ecosystem/species conservation, and sustainable human communities. We worked with a diverse group of stakeholders in order to understand how climate change might affect them in each of these arenas. During the study, we worked to understand social-ecological vulnerabilities; create scenarios and models to facilitate decision making; develop actionable adaptation strategies; identify institutional supports and barriers to adaptation, and document best practices. The presenters in this webinar will give an overview of our study approach and processes and will highlight key findings from the research.