​Identifying climate-resilient lands and waters to sustain biodiversity

From the rugged mountains of the Cascades to the vast marshes of the Everglades, the diverse landscapes of the US have shaped the lives of their inhabitants. Extensive forests, rivers, and bays provide food, clean water, and habitat for the people, plants, and animals that share the region.
But the climate is changing and many places are vulnerable to the degrading effects of climate change. However, the characteristics of certain landscapes ensure that they will be more resilient than others to climate impacts. These climate-resilient sites are more likely to sustain native plants, animals, and natural processes into the future.
The Nature Conservancy undertook a major scientific research project to map the locations of climate-resilient sites.  Teams of scientists mapped the bedrock and soils that underlie patterns of biodiversity as well as the topographic diversity and lack of fragmentation that promote natural resilience. The results were combined into an index that identifies the places more likely to sustain diversity because they offer a wide range of micro-climate options within a connected area.
Currently we have completed four geographic regions and are working on completing the rest of the contiguous United States. For more information click on a project below:  


East  |  Pacific Northwest  |  Great Lakes  |  Great Plains