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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Expanding a California Wildfire Emissions Protocol to Colorado

Since 2018, SIG was the research lead for the “Quantifying Ecosystem Service Benefits of the Reduced Occurrence of Significant Wildfires,”…
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High Resolution UAS Mapping of Forests in the Santa Cruz Mountains

The SIG Unmanned Aerial System Team recently mapped an area of dense redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The…
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Our Team – Climate Change

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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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Farrukh Chishtie

Farrukh Chishtie is an atmospheric and earth observation scientist with extensive experience in various experimental and modelling disciplines. He has…
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Karis Tenneson

Karis is Senior Research Scientist with expertise in ecology, statistics, natural resources management, remote sensing and GIS. Broadly, she is…
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Ashley Conrad-Saydah

A recognized expert in climate change, renewable energy and natural resources policy, Ashley Conrad-Saydah works with SIG to translate their…
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