Water for people and nature: Adapting resource management strategies to address ecological sensitivities to drought

Water for people and nature: Adapting resource management strategies to address ecological sensitivities to drought

Organizer: 
Kimberly R. Hall
The Nature Conservancy
Time Slot: 
Tuesday 11:10am - Concurrent Session 1
Session Type: 
Symposium (Individual Presentations)
Abstract: 

As global temperatures continue to rise, the intensity and frequency of droughts in North America are expected to increase, leading to a wide range of social and ecological impacts. Over the past 1.5 years, we have convened a Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) working group to frame key relationships between ecological drought sensitivities, human well-being, landscape characteristics, and resource management actions. Building upon this framing, we have been synthesizing information on multi-year drought impacts to ecosystems, biota, and ecological services, and connecting these sensitivities to on-the-ground strategies for increasing the ability of natural and human systems to thrive in the face of climate change-driven drought. Our working group includes ecologists, social scientists, resource managers, and conservation practitioners, and a key goal of our partnership is to integrate information and methods across these disciplines, and develop products that are targeted to stakeholders that are ready to use them. The work we will describe is national in scope, but also includes an in-depth look at ways to enhance consideration of ecological drought sensitivities in the Upper Missouri Headwaters (UMH) region of Montana, which is a pilot project for the National Drought Resilience Partnership. Five speakers will describe our project from concept through case study, emphasizing on-the-ground application and communication approaches. In our remaining time, we will seek feedback from the audience on our approach and framing, and help connect people with resources that can help promote drought risk reduction strategies in their own work.

Presentations

Water for people and nature: Responding to ecological drought risks under a changing climate
Kimberly Hall, The Nature Conservancy
Co-authors:
  • Shawn Carter, USGS
  • Molly Cross, Wildlife Conservation Society
The SNAPP ecological drought framework: Conceptualizing drought risks to nature and people.
Aaron Ramirez, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
Building community resilience to ecological drought in the Upper Missouri Headwaters
Ann Schwend, MT Dept of Natural Resources and Conservation
Strategies for coping with ecological drought: Opportunities and challenges
Jamie McEvoy, University of Montana
Co-authors:
  • Amanda Cravens, USGS
Completing the cycle: Stakeholder-informed assessments of drought vulnerability
Shelley Crausbay, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis