Climate Change Vulnerability of Army Installations Attributable to Listed and At-Risk Species
ERDC-CERL CHAMPAIGN United States
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Climate change is an important emerging concern for the U.S. Department of Defense DoD and the Army. Key among the issues is climate change-driven increases in the number of species listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act ESA and stress to Federally listed species already listed, because both pose additional management requirements and challenges, as well as potential restrictions on training land use. This work developed an approach for characterizing this component of installation climate change vulnerability that integrates multiple factors related to exposure, sensitivity, adaptive capacity, and number of listed and at-risk species. The approach was applied to Army installations in the Continental United States that have Integrated Training Area Management ITAM programs. Additionally, the assessment was used to rank installations across the Army based on the aggregate vulnerabilities of species. The approach to vulnerability assessment demonstrated here is suitable for evaluating whether climate change-driven impacts to listed and at-risk species is likely to affect installation resilience.
- Environmental Health and Safety
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies