NatureServe’s Climate Change Vulnerability Index (CCVI) provides a rapid, cost-effective means of estimating plant and animal species’ relative vulnerability to climate change. It combines readily accessible information on the natural history, distribution, and management with downscaled climate projections to assign an overall climate vulnerability score and flag factors that are causing vulnerability. The Index can be used for both rare and common plants and animals - an important consideration given that overall conservation status has proven to be an unreliable proxy for vulnerability to climate change. The results are important input to adaptation planning, identification of knowledge gaps, and other management activities.
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CCVI Online Training and Webinars:
- View an EBM Tools Network demonstration of CCVI by Bruce Young (Jan. 19, 2012)
- View a webinar overview of CCVI by Bruce Young as part of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s “Safeguarding Wildlife from Climate Change” series (Sept. 21, 2011). Scroll down list of recorded seminars and choose “NatureServe’s Climate Change Vulnerability Index”.
- Download an introductory training session which describes how to best use the Index (Apr. 6, 2010)
- View a webinar overview of the Index describing the concepts used in its development and the data sources it draws upon given by Elizabeth Byers to the New Jersey Wildlife and Climate Change Alliance (Feb. 22, 2010)