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Identifying climate risk perceptions, information needs, and barriers to information exchange among public land managers

Peters, Casey B., Schwartz, Mark W., Lubell, Mark N.
The Science of the total environment 2018 v.616-617 pp. 245-254
climate, climate change, ecosystem management, information exchange, information needs, leadership, managers, planning, public lands, risk perception, Western United States
Meeting ecosystem management challenges posed by climate change requires building effective communication channels among researchers, planners and practitioners to focus research on management issues requiring new knowledge. We surveyed resource managers within two regions of the western United States regions to better understand perceived risks and vulnerabilities associated with climate change and barriers to obtaining and using relevant climate science information in making ecosystem management decisions. We sought to understand what types of climate science information resource managers find most valuable, and the formats in which they prefer to receive climate science information. We found broad concern among natural resource managers in federal agencies that climate change will make it more difficult for them to achieve their management goals. Primary barriers to incorporating climate science into planning are distributed among challenges identifying, receiving, and interpreting appropriate science and a lack of direction provided by agency leadership needed to meaningfully use this emerging science in resource planning.