The Climate Hubs Tool Shed provides information on tools from across the country that can assist agriculture and forest land managers in adapting to climate variability and change. Users can search with a keyword and our simple categories or use the advanced search. The database includes tools that are directly relevant to climate variability and change, as well as tools that assist in managing factors that interact with climate variability and change, such as drought, pests, and extreme weather. The target audience is extension and consultants, but the resource is also useful for land managers, landowners, and researchers. For information on how to use the site, visit the About page.
The Template for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options (TACCIMO) is a web-based tool that provides landowners, managers, and planners with the most current climate change science available. Developed by USDA Forest Service Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center researchers in partnership with Southern Regional Planning, Land and Resource Management; Southern Regional Cooperative Forestry; and Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center, the TACCIMO tool compiles climate change projections and literature-based impacts and management options; synthesizes these inputs based on user-defined criteria; and generates customized reports to aid forest planning and management. Training videos and quick start guides are available to help users get started. Begin exploring TACCIMO at https://www.taccimo.info.
The WaSSI Ecosystem Services model helps natural resource planners and managers evaluate balances and trade-offs between ecosystem services such as carbon and water in light of changing environmental conditions such as climate and land use/land cover change. USDA Forest Service Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center scientists have created a web-based planning tool for the lower 48 United States that simulates an unlimited number of global change scenarios and timeframes through 2100. Simulation results are available as downloadable maps, graphs, and data files that can be applied to meet unique project needs. Explore the WaSSI model and access its English and Spanish language user guides: https://www.wassiweb.sgcp.ncsu.edu/.
Image credits: USDA Forest Service, EFETAC
AgroClimate is an online resource for reducing risks associated with climate variability and improving crop management decisions. Simulation models and interactive tools allow users to explore different climate conditions and evaluate changes in drought conditions, freeze risk, and disease risk for agricultural systems. Developed by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Southeast Climate Consortium,University of Florida, Florida Automated Weather Network, and Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network for use across the southeastern US, AgroClimate helps producers understand climate conditions that affect crop development and yield and develop strategies for the coming season. Visit AgroClimate.org or read the summary factsheet at http://agroclimate.org/management/AgroClimate.pdf.
Image credits: AgroClimate, University of Florida
For more information on these tools and other resources, read the SERCH Tools Prospectus.