Conservation planning efforts that are naïve to climate change have the potential to be inefficient at best and, at worst, ineffective. Although many approaches have been suggested for integrating climate adaption within the conservation planning process, climate-adaptation conservation planning is still in the early stages of development. To remedy this knowledge gap, we are:
- conducting a comprehensive comparison and synthesis of the many available approaches that have previously been developed,
- applying those approaches to the majority of western North America, and
- developing a spatial database from the results of these analyses.
These products will provide agencies and organizations with detailed knowledge about how the different approaches work and to what degree they are complementary or duplicative. The database will provide users with integrative analyses and tools that can inform conservation planning and prioritization across much of western North America.