Resources & Tools

Climate Funding Opportunities

The NOAA Great Lakes Climate Working Group compiled a list of climate funding opportunities. This document provides a snapshot of national and regional climate-related funding opportunities that are currently available. Download the Climate Funding Opportunities document.

Climate Science Centers

The U.S. Department of the Interior operates a National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center at the National Headquarters of the U.S. Geological Survey. In expanding the scope and geographic reach of the climate-science efforts, the Department of the Interior is establishing eight regional Climate Science Centers.

These Climate Science Centers will provide climate-change-impact science to Landscape Conservation Cooperatives within their regions, while also working with the LCCs to provide the most effective and important science information.

The Great Plains LCC will be working with the North Central Climate Science Center and the South Central Climate Science Center.

Status of Fish Habitat 2010 Report

Below are links to state fact sheets, associated with the release of the National Fish Habitat Action Plan Report Through a Fish’s Eye: The Status of Fish Habitats In The United States 2010. These Fact sheets provide an important picture of the challenges and opportunities facing fish and those engaged in fish habitat conservation efforts.

Climate Change and Connectivity: Assessing Landscape and Species Vulnerability

Dispersal Corridor Strength for Grass/Shrubland Species

Dispersal corridor strength for grass and shrubland species

This project, which was one of the GPLCC FY 2010 science research projects, is addressing some of the most important emerging conservation issues in the Great Plains region by studying the interaction of climate change and human development on habitat for native wildlife species. The researchers are integrating the most current understandings of expected future change in vegetation and land use patterns across the Great Plains, and using state-of-the-art spatial analysis and modeling approaches to predict effects of these changes on habitat area, fragmentation and corridor network connectivity. Their products provide practical, detailed and specific management recommendations at scales relevant to population viability for a selected set of focal species.

Climate induced changes in ecosystems coupled with rapidly increasing habitat loss and fragmentation will likely interact in ways that amplify their individual negative effects on biodiversity. It is essential to provide managers with rigorous information on how these dominant stressors will impact a range of native wildlife species across broad landscapes that encompass a substantial proportion of their geographic ranges. This project was designed to provide quantitative and spatially explicit predictions of current and potential future patterns of fragmentation, prioritization of keystone corridors for protection and enhancement, and identification of which species in which places may require habitat restoration or assisted migration to maintain viability. These outcomes will be valuable to natural resources managers, planners, and scientists with a stake in maintaining biodiversity across the Great Plains LCC.

Geospatial Data Products for Ecosystem Assessments and Predictive Species Modeling

As the complexity and magnitude of environmental data inputs and model results increase exponentially, the need for standardized, transparent, and defensible decision support tools becomes increasingly important, if we are to adapt to the impacts of climate change on trust resources. The goal of this project, which was one of the GPLCC FY 2010 science research projects, is to provide key geospatial information products required to understand how environmental impacts, mainly climate, are affecting priority species populations and the habitats that sustain them. This architecture permits construction of retrospective as well as prospective (“what-if”) species distribution assessments by regional biologists, with the information provided in a standardized ArcGIS format allowing application to all terrestrial priority species.

The Customized Online Aggregation and Summarization Tool for Environmental Rasters (COASTER) system is an unprecedented coupling of data and functionality within an online environment. COASTER currently contains climate data (minimum temperature, maximum temperature, precipitation, incident shortwave radiation, and vapor pressure deficit) with a daily temporal resolution, a temporal extent from 1980 to 2009, a spatial resolution of 8 kilometers, and a spatial extent of the lower 48 United States. COASTER functionality, consisting of spatial and temporal subsetting as well as 20 analytical functions, allows users to not only access this powerful dataset, but also to create gridded climate varaibles specific to their analytical needs. In other words, COASTER provides the tools to convert tremendous volumes of data into useful information. Full details about COASTER (with example) can be found in the white paper on the COASTER About page.

Provision and Inventory of Diverse Aquatic Ecosystem-related Resources

Another one of the GPLCC FY 2010 science research projects demonstrates how the Great Plains LCC might obtain and manage the large basic biodiversity data sets that it will require to achieve its complex objectives over its large and complex landscape. The researchers compiled extensive, high quality data sets on occurrences of fishes, aquatic reptiles and amphibians (“herps”), freshwater mussels, and cave invertebrates from the Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Oklahoma portions of the GPLCC. The report below includes more than 76,000 complete, standardized and normalized records, with over 55% of them georeferenced and formatted for ease of use.