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Ecosystem Vulnerability Tools

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Here is a collection of select tools that can help us to better understand the vulnerability of ecosystems and make decisions that will make ecosystems more resilient to climate change.

Biodiversity Conservation

Carbon Sequestration

  • COMET-Farm: A tool to help with auditing management activities (field management, livestock and/or energy use).
  • ROE Carbon Storage in Forests: A tool to explore the data and trends related to carbon storage in forests, an indicator of environmental and human health.
  • LandCarbon: A suite of data products and visualization tools that were developed as part of a national ecosystem assessment of biological carbon sequestration. The assessment focused on changes in carbon stocks and fluxes in all the major ecosystems, and on the major natural and anthropogenic processes that control carbon cycling (such as climate change, land use, and wildland fires). The greenhouse gases considered in this assessment were carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO, from wildland fires only), dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O).

Invasive Species

Land Cover and Ecosystem Services

  • EnviroAtlas Web Applications: A collection of interactive tools and resources that allows users to explore the many benefits people receive from nature, often referred to as ecosystem services.
  • National Land Cover Database Evaluation, Visualization, and Analysis (EVA) Tool: Provides user-friendly access to national and state land cover and land cover change information developed through the Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics (MRLC) Consortium. NLCD EVA eliminates the need for desktop geographic information system software, or advanced technical expertise, by processing NLCD data for the user and providing easy access to that distilled information. In addition to displaying land cover information, the tool also summarizes general land change trends as well as provides users with the option to specify and explore specific land change classes of interest.
  • USFS Climate Change Atlas: Documents the current and possible future distribution for several tree and bird species in the eastern United States.

Oceans and Coasts

Water Resources and Drought


  • LANDFIRE: A program that provides over 25 national geo-spatial layers (e.g. vegetation, fuel, disturbance, etc.), databases, and ecological models that are available to the public for the U.S. and insular areas.

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