Resource managers are increasingly asked to identify which of the species on the lands and waters they oversee are most vulnerable to climate change-induced declines. Knowing which species are vulnerable and why is a critical input for developing management strategies to promote persistence of species as climates change. Building on previous findings, NatureServe and its partners developed a “climate change vulnerability index” to serve the needs of wildlife managers for a practical, multifaceted rapid assessment tool.
- Young BE, Hall KR, Byers E, Gravuer K, Hammerson G, Redder A, and Szabo K. 2012. Rapid assessment of plant and animal vulnerability to climate change. In: J. Brodie, E. Post, and D. Doak, editors. Wildlife Conservation in a Changing Climate. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. p 129-152.