Decision-making in a changing climate is complicated by uncertainty in terms of which adaptation strategies are best suited for different implementation conditions and supported by scientific evidence. The purpose of our adaptation science assessments is to evaluate the body of scientific knowledge supporting specific climate adaptation approaches to determine the conditions under which particular actions may be most effective in achieving management objectives.
Our latest assessment focuses on ecological drought, or the deficit of naturally available water supplies that creates multiple stresses and may drive systems beyond their thresholds (e.g., transition from mesic to xeric habitats). Primary products include a synthesis report of the state of the science on ecological drought adaptation actions and a decision support table classifying actions by adaptation strategy, implementation feasibility, and effectiveness in reducing ecological drought vulnerabilities. Short on time? Check out the accompanying management brief. The results and products may be used by scientists, resource managers, and policy makers to prioritize the most effective actions for implementation, better target management efforts toward specific challenges, and evaluate whether to proceed with implementation.