Ecological Integrity and Status Assessment


Ecological Integrity and Status Assessment training sessions are aimed at providing working knowledge of the NatureServe Network's ecological integrity and conservation status assessment methodology, and Climate Change Vulnerability Index. These sessions provide the participant with an overview of science-based approaches and supporting tools that have been developed for assessing species and ecosystems locally, and across their entire range.

Ecological Integrity Assessment from Landscapes to Community EOs and Observations

Using examples from North and South America, learn about applying an ecological integrity framework to document current ecological condition for use in landscape assessment and conservation planning.

Interested in this type of traning? Let us know. Training opportunities will be offered based on demand.

Conservation Status Assessment Ranking

Would you like to have a better understanding of how to assign conservation status ranks? Are there certain species that are especially difficult to assess? This interactive web-based training includes a review of our conservation status assessment methodology, and a working session using NatureServe's Rank Calculator tool. By the end of this session you will have a better understanding of how to assign conservation status ranks at the global and subnational scale, and where to get support for future assessments.

Interested in NatureServe's Rank Calculator training? Let us know.

Training will be offered in the summer and fall of 2016. Dates to be announced in February 2016.

Climate Change Vulnerability Index

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.

Click here to learn more about CCVI and to access the tool and it's resources.

Interested in this type of training? Let us know. Training opportunities will be offered based on demand.

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)

 

Climate Change Vulnerability for Ecosystems and Habitats

The Climate Change Vulnerability for Ecosystems and Habitats Index (HCCVI) is a framework for a series of measurements to determine how vulnerable a given community or habitat type might be to climate change. Measurements for climate change exposure and resilience are combined to score relative vulnerability across the range of a given type of interest. This index framework has so far been developed and applied to a number of upland, wetland, and freshwater community types. Trainees are introduced to example assessments to highlight the information used and how types are scores. Examples are used to demonstrate how HCCVI results can be used to identify adaptation strategies.

Interested in this type of traning? Let us know. Training opportunities will be offered based on demand.

To learn more about HCCVI, including access to a recorded webinar, click here.