Climate changes poses a daunting challenge to natural resource managers and in response the University of Washington has partnered with key collaborators to conduct a climate change sensitivity assessment. This assessment is designed to evaluate the sensitivity of the species and ecological systems to climate change. This digital database summarizes the inherent climate-change sensitivities for species and habitats and will provide resource managers and decision makers with some of the most basic and most important information about how species and systems will likely respond to climate change.
None for access and use of the information in the database, and none to moderate (1 hour) of training for entering data into the database
The Climate Sensitivity Database is currently managed and supported by staff at the University of Washington. Instead of providing the user with a stand-alone document, the database architects have incorporated help text and examples into the sensitivity questions to help guide the user. While still in partial development, users will soon be able to contact these staff directly through the database interface.
internet access and a web browser
Natural history information about species and systems
Olympic Peninsula NPS/USFS joint vulnerability and adaptation working group used the database and index to assess relative sensitivities to climate change of a number of wildlife species.
Idaho Fish and Game, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are currently using the tool to help prioritize species wildlife action plans.