climateChange_grayThe preponderance of scientific evidence suggest that climate change is a reality that we will need to address as we move into the next millennium. Scientists predict that a changing climate will impact society and the environment in a diversity of ways – from extremes in rainfall, more severe and/or prolonged droughts in some regions, effect food crop yields, and cause changes to forests and other ecosystem functions. SIG can help characterize a community’s exposure to the effects of climate change and provide adaptation strategies by offering the following services.

Change Analysis and Mapping

Spatial climate data (including downscaled GCMs) is being widely used for many purposes. Few of these products have been analyzed to evaluate their potential for use in research and decision-making, but they come with significant caveats and resolution-realism trade-offs. Most existing analyses of climate trends are coarse-scale over time and space, and provide little insight on local changes that may affect ecological, economic and cultural assets. High resolution climate analysis and mapping provides a capability to understand and evaluate complex changes at local scales and how they vary across landscapes.

SIG provides climate change analysis and mapping services that incorporate high-quality peer-reviewed spatial climate data products, advanced statistical techniques and visualizations that are both intuitive and interactive. This work provides a foundation for additional SIG services focused on risk assessment, ecosystem services and climate adaptation planning, using a spatial (GIS) framework for merging information, models and expert knowledge. We also offer climate analysis outputs and maps and can generate custom data products and maps.

Risk Assessment and Mitigation

SIG combines climate change maps and risk factor modeling to establish relationships between past climatic variation and risk/loss due to fire, flooding, extreme temperatures, droughts, thaw-freeze cycles (late frosts) and other natural hazards. Marginal impacts on economic sectors (agriculture, energy) and cultural assets (recreation) can also be evaluated. Future risks are projected using downscaled climate model forecasts, risk factor models and scenarios of change in related factors. Outputs from this work feed directly into mitigation planning.

Adaptation Planning

SIG enables and supports climate adaptation planning by projecting future changes in climate and climate-sensitive factors (e.g., species habitat ranges, risk of natural hazards, agricultural yields and energy use) using models and scenarios. Our approach uses scenario ensembles to explore alternative future outcomes and to more effectively incorporate uncertainty into the climate adaptation planning process.

Recent Projects – Climate Change

California’s 4th Climate Assessment: Innovations in Forest Carbon

The second report that SIG and partners prepared for California’s 4th Climate Assessment, is entitled “Innovations in Measuring and Monitoring…
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GHG Accounting for Millennium Challenge Corporation in Indonesia

SIG supported ICF International in creating greenhouse gas (GHG) emission accounting frameworks for Green Prosperity Projects in Indonesia which were…
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Hydrology Mapping using Google Earth Engine in Paraguay and Indonesia

Dr. Ate Poortinga lead two 4-day workshops on hydrology mapping using Google Earth Engine (GEE). The workshops were held in…
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Report: Sustainable Working Forests, Current Conditions in California

Since the 1970’s, the California legislature requires CALFIRE's Fire and Resource Assessment Program (FRAP) to produce periodic assessments of the…
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Our Team – Climate Change

David Saah

Dr. David Saah

Dr. Saah has been broadly trained as an environmental scientist with expertise in a number of areas including: landscape ecology,…
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Karis Tenneson

Karis Tenneson, Director of the Environmental Mapping Domain at Spatial Informatics Group, leads a team of remote sensing and sustainability…
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Dr. David Ganz

David is an expert in forest science, policy and management who also has experience integrating forest and fire science with…
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Dr. Thomas Buchholz

Dr. Thomas Buchholz leads the Forest and Agriculture Team at SIG. Thomas has more than 16 years of experience in…
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