Events & Media — Jeremy Littel

The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
at the University of California, Santa Barbara



Jeremy Littel, PhD
Research Scientist
University of Washington Climate Impacts Group

Tuesday May 17, 2011
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Bren Hall 1414

"Adaptation to Climate Change in Managed Landscapes:
uncertainty, climate impacts science, and decision making

Hosted by Christina Tague

UW Climate Impacts Group (CIG) has over a decade of experience working with natural resource managers and decision makers to better incorporate climate variability and climate change into planning and management. We work with water-resources, forest, and park managers, and agency capacity to work with climate information has increased markedly. However, the rise of adaptation to climate change as a primary objective within agencies has changed the role of and need for climate impacts science. Many agencies have now moved beyond the need to understand the climatic sensitivity of the processes they are tasked with managing and are much more focused on the nature and sources of uncertainty associated with future climate projections and the degree to which those projections meet their planning needs, both in terms of spatiotemporal scale and in terms of the degree to which climate projections do - or don't - address variables and processes that drive resource availability and condition. In this talk, I describe some of CIG's recent history at the nexus of adaptation and climate science and use examples from water resources, forest, and park management to illustrate the scientific products developed specifically to meet the planning needs of agencies. 

Jeremy Littell is an ecoclimatologist by training and works to understand the interactions between ecosystems and the climate system, particularly in forest and mountain systems of the western United States. He conducts basic and applied research using modern and paleoecological archives of fire, tree growth, and climate to better understand the role of climate in forest and mountain processes. He also works with resource managers to better incorporate climate information in planning and management. He received his BS in Environmental Science from Huxley College of the Environment, Western Washington University, his MS in Land Resources and Environmental Science from Montana State University, and his PhD in Forest Ecosystem Analysis from the University of Washington College of Forest Resources.


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