Data Management Plan for the California LCC project:

Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Planning for National Forest Lands in Southern California

Table of Contents
Data Input - New Collections
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Data Input - Existing Collections
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Data Output - Product or Deliverables
  1   Spatial Analysis and Mapping

Not Data - non-data Products
  1   Vulnerability Assessment
  2   Webinars for regional stakeholders: Vulnerability Assessment
  3   2-day Adaptation Planning Workshop #1 May, 2015
  4   Adaptation Plan
  5   2-day Adaptation Planning Workshop #2 Jan, 2016
  6   Adaptation Implementation Guides
  7   Webinars for regional stakeholders: Adaptation Planning
  8   Focal Resources Workshop
  9   Webinars for regional stakeholders: Adaptation Planning
  10   Adaptation Implementation Case Studies

Data Output - Product or Deliverables
1Spatial Analysis and Mapping
Deliverable TypeDatasets / Database
DescriptionThe results of the vulnerability assessment and stakeholder input will guide the creation of climate-­‐informed maps for each habitat. A key activity will be to utilize and leverage the spatial analysis and mapping (climate and non-­‐climate) that has already occurred in California and to integrate those results into this project where applicable. Spatial and temporal data features (historic, current, modeled) and information from local experts will be compiled and analyzed to generate new spatial data and maps of the current distribution of habitats and threats, both climate and non-­‐climate. For example, existing and emerging spatial climate data can be combined in novel ways to identify where, when, and how habitats may experience the highest magnitude of change. Similarly, spatial climate data can be overlaid with priority habitat data, and relevant non-­‐climatic stressors (e.g., predicted patterns of human population growth and development, land use) to identify areas of conservation priority. Several previous projects5,6,7,8,9 have shown that maps depicting comparative and magnitude of change are effective tools to help practitioners understand where and why a resource is vulnerable or at risk, and guide climate change adaptation action. This component will be completed in partnership with Conservation Biology Institute.
Processing and WorkflowSpatial analysis and mapping (Jan-­‐Aug 2015) • Compile spatial and temporal data features for each habitat • Create custom spatial datasets and climate-­‐informed maps for habitats • Convene stakeholder group to review draft maps, integrate comments and revisions, finalize, and post online (Data Basin)
MetadataFGDC
Access and SharingPublic
RestrictionsNone
Archive OrganizationsData Basin
Linkhttps://databasin.org/groups/0271e0425e8b4505a5a8ed694dbe8ad6

Not Data - non-data Products
1Vulnerability Assessment
Deliverable TypeReport
DescriptionWe propose to conduct a vulnerability assessment, develop climate-­‐smart adaptation strategies and actions, and generate implementation plans for focal habitats of the South and Central Coast regions of the CALCC, with a specific focus on four Southern California National Forests (Angeles, San Bernardino, Cleveland, Los Padres). Specifically, we will: (1) Assess the regional vulnerabilities and resiliencies of focal habitats to climate change and non-­‐climate change stressors; (2) Generate climate-­‐informed maps to identify how vulnerabilities vary spatially to help prioritize conservation areas and activities; (3) Identify implementable climate-­‐smart conservation strategies and actions to conserve priority habitats; and (4) Develop an implementation handbook that describes where, when, and how to implement climate-­‐smart actions on the ground.
Processing and WorkflowVulnerability assessment (Oct 2014-­‐May 2015) • Form scientific expert panel • Collect, compile, and synthesize existing sensitivity, exposure, and adaptive capacity information on focal habitats • Assemble spatially explicit downscaled climate information for the region • Scientific expert panel application of vulnerability assessment model (scoring and confidence evaluation) for focal habitats • Assemble draft vulnerability assessment summaries comprised of expert scores and confidence rankings, and information from the peer-­‐reviewed literature • Write vulnerability assessment report, including methodologies, vulnerability assessment model and its application, and vulnerability findings for focal habitats • Send out for peer-­‐review, integrate comments and revisions, finalize, and post online
Access and SharingPublic
RestrictionsNone
Archive OrganizationsEcoAdapt website and Climate Commons
Linkhttp://ecoadapt.org/programs/adaptation-consultations/socal-vaproducts, http://climate.calcommons.org/climate-smart-southern-california-habitats
ContactJessi Kershner

2Webinars for regional stakeholders: Vulnerability Assessment
Deliverable TypeTraining / Outreach / Workshop : Webinar
DescriptionHost webinars for regional stakeholders to present findings of the Vulnerability Analysis and encourage participation in upcoming adaptation workshops.
Linkhttp://californialcc.org/webinars/assessing-vulnerability-and-developing-adaptation-strategies-key-southern-california

32-day Adaptation Planning Workshop #1 May, 2015
Deliverable TypeTraining / Outreach / Workshop
DescriptionWe will convene a two-­‐day workshop with scientists, managers, conservation practitioners, and others to use the findings of the vulnerability assessment to inform the development of climate-­‐smart adaptation strategies and actions to conserve priority habitats. Specifically, we will use the results of the vulnerability assessment to evaluate whether existing management actions may be vulnerable to climate change, and identify opportunities to 6 modify existing actions to reduce vulnerabilities and become more climate-­‐smart. We will then focus on identifying climate-­‐smart conservation strategies and actions that are not currently being implemented, but should be considered in order to conserve priority habitats. As part of this activity, adaptation strategies and actions will be evaluated for feasibility (likelihood of being implemented) and effectiveness (likelihood of achieving desired results), potential barriers (e.g., institutional, social), and linked with corresponding management operation levels. For example, some adaptation strategies would be most appropriately implemented at the land management plan level (e.g., instituting activity restrictions within a certain distance of riparian areas) whereas others are best implemented at the project or site-­‐specific level (e.g., removing culverts). Adaptation strategies and actions developed during the workshop will be compiled into an Adaptation Plan, sent out for expert review, and revised based on feedback and comments.
Processing and WorkflowAdaptation planning – part I (Apr-­‐Aug 2015) • Convene first adaptation planning two-­‐day workshop (May 2015) • Assemble draft adaptation strategies and actions for focal habitats into Adaptation Plan • Send out for peer-­‐review, integrate comments and revisions, finalize, and post online
Linkhttp://ecoadapt.org/workshops/adaptation-socal

4Adaptation Plan
Deliverable TypeConservation Plan / Design / Framework
DescriptionWe will convene a two-­‐day workshop with scientists, managers, conservation practitioners, and others to use the findings of the vulnerability assessment to inform the development of climate-­‐smart adaptation strategies and actions to conserve priority habitats. Specifically, we will use the results of the vulnerability assessment to evaluate whether existing management actions may be vulnerable to climate change, and identify opportunities to 6 modify existing actions to reduce vulnerabilities and become more climate-­‐smart. We will then focus on identifying climate-­‐smart conservation strategies and actions that are not currently being implemented, but should be considered in order to conserve priority habitats. As part of this activity, adaptation strategies and actions will be evaluated for feasibility (likelihood of being implemented) and effectiveness (likelihood of achieving desired results), potential barriers (e.g., institutional, social), and linked with corresponding management operation levels. For example, some adaptation strategies would be most appropriately implemented at the land management plan level (e.g., instituting activity restrictions within a certain distance of riparian areas) whereas others are best implemented at the project or site-­‐specific level (e.g., removing culverts). Adaptation strategies and actions developed during the workshop will be compiled into an Adaptation Plan, sent out for expert review, and revised based on feedback and comments.
Processing and WorkflowWe will convene a two-­‐day workshop with scientists, managers, conservation practitioners, and others to use the findings of the vulnerability assessment to inform the development of climate-­‐smart adaptation strategies and actions to conserve priority habitats. Specifically, we will use the results of the vulnerability assessment to evaluate whether existing management actions may be vulnerable to climate change, and identify opportunities to 6 modify existing actions to reduce vulnerabilities and become more climate-­‐smart. We will then focus on identifying climate-­‐smart conservation strategies and actions that are not currently being implemented, but should be considered in order to conserve priority habitats. As part of this activity, adaptation strategies and actions will be evaluated for feasibility (likelihood of being implemented) and effectiveness (likelihood of achieving desired results), potential barriers (e.g., institutional, social), and linked with corresponding management operation levels. For example, some adaptation strategies would be most appropriately implemented at the land management plan level (e.g., instituting activity restrictions within a certain distance of riparian areas) whereas others are best implemented at the project or site-­‐specific level (e.g., removing culverts). Adaptation strategies and actions developed during the workshop will be compiled into an Adaptation Plan, sent out for expert review, and revised based on feedback and comments.
Archive OrganizationsEcoAdapt website and Climate Commons
Linkhttp://ecoadapt.org/programs/adaptation-consultations/socal-products, http://climate.calcommons.org/climate-smart-southern-california-habitats

52-day Adaptation Planning Workshop #2 Jan, 2016
Deliverable TypeTraining / Outreach / Workshop
DescriptionParticipants from the first workshop will reconvene to explore the results of the climate-­‐informed mapping and Adaptation Plan in order to generate implementation plans that clearly lead to on-­‐the-­‐ground action. We will revisit the earlier developed adaptation strategies and actions and, using the climate-­‐informed maps, identify where on the landscape managers could implement specific actions. As part of this workshop, we will discuss model assumptions and uncertainties, as well as data and mapping limitations in the context of creating realistic, on-­‐the-­‐ground action recommendations. Workshop findings will be used to generate an implementation handbook that describes where, when, and how to implement actions, as well as emphasizes adaptation across management boundaries. The handbook will also provide guidance on the application and integration of the vulnerability assessment and adaptation strategies in management decision-­‐making.
Linkhttp://ecoadapt.org/workshops/socal-adaptation-implementation

6Adaptation Implementation Guides
Deliverable TypePublication
DescriptionAdaptation Planning Workshop findings will be used to generate an implementation handbook that describes where, when, and how to implement actions, as well as emphasizes adaptation across management boundaries. The handbook will also provide guidance on the application and integration of the vulnerability assessment and adaptation strategies in management decision‐making.
Linkhttp://ecoadapt.org/programs/adaptation-consultations/socal-asproducts, http://climate.calcommons.org/climate-smart-southern-california-habitats

7Webinars for regional stakeholders: Adaptation Planning
Deliverable TypeTraining / Outreach / Workshop
DescriptionHost webinars for regional stakeholders to present findings of the Adaptation Planning workshop and talk about next steps.
Linkhttps://vimeo.com/209938138, http://ecoadapt.org/data/documents/EcoAdapt_USFS_SoCal_Webinars_Mar2017_small.pdf

8Focal Resources Workshop
Deliverable TypeTraining / Outreach / Workshop
DescriptionWe will convene a workshop to finalize the draft list of focal habitats using a set of evaluation criteria based on multi-­‐criteria decision analysis methods. Based on lessons learned from the Sierra Nevada project, this workshop is an important component of the climate-­‐smart conservation approach in that a broad range of stakeholder and scientific expertise creates buy-­‐in into the process and provides credibility to the project, and early in-­‐ person engagements foster commitment from experts and stakeholders to participate throughout the project’s duration. We will build on the list of participants from the Chaparral Restoration Workshop hosted by the USFS in 2013. Current draft focal habitats under consideration include chaparral, coastal sage scrub, oak woodlands, ponderosa pine, and pinyon-­‐ juniper, among others.
Linkhttp://ecoadapt.org/workshops/so-cal-focal-resources

9Webinars for regional stakeholders: Adaptation Planning
Deliverable TypeTraining / Outreach / Workshop : Webinar
DescriptionHost webinars for regional stakeholders to present findings of the second Adaptation Planning Workshop and talk about next steps and the creation of the Implementation Guidebook.

10Adaptation Implementation Case Studies
Deliverable TypeReport
DescriptionFour case studies demonstrating the integration of climate adaptation into existing conservation planning and action: Lower Piru Rangelands Ojai Community Defense Zone Trabuco Creek Watershed San Diego River Sage Scrub Restoration
Linkhttp://ecoadapt.org/programs/adaptation-consultations/socal

This Data Management Plan structure is based on recommendations from the Data Management Plan Guidance document from the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center