Data & Tools
Eastern Threat Center scientists and partners from the University of North Carolina Asheville's National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center have designed a planning framework called Comparative Risk Assessment Framework and Tools (CRAFT), a user-friendly, Web-based support system that helps natural resource managers address uncertainties inherent in land management decisions. CRAFT offers a structured, simplified approach to determine objectives and calculates risks and tradeoffs associated with different management scenarios.
With support from the USDA Forest Service Forest Health Monitoring program, Eastern Threat Center scientists are developing maps that pinpoint locations where climate change pressures are likely to be most intense to help scientists, land managers, and policy makers target tree species for monitoring, conservation, and management activities. The provisional maps, known as Forecasts of Climate-Associated Shifts in Tree Species (ForeCASTS), depict future suitable habitat ranges for North American tree species within the United States as well as across the globe.
The Forest Threat Summary Viewer provides images, distribution maps, web links, extension and state contact information, and brief and detailed descriptions about specific forest threats in the eastern United States. The viewer is a user-friendly, Web-based tool searchable by forest threat (e.g., hemlock woolly adelgid) or by State. Threats are categorized by today’s familiar forest concerns, including invasive plants, insects and diseases, loss of open space, climate change, and wildland fire.
ForWarn is a satellite-based monitoring and assessment tool that provides a near-real-time national overview of potential forest disturbances to direct attention and resources to locations where forest behavior seems unusual or abnormal. The satellite imagery is interpreted and delivered through the web-based Forest Change Assessment Viewer, a tool that provides an 8-day coast-to-coast snapshot of the US landscape and produces geographically relevant maps. ForWarn is being developed in partnership with the Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center, NASA Stennis Space Center, US Geological Survey, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the University of North Carolina Asheville’s National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center. The tool is intended to complement and focus efforts of existing forest monitoring programs.
View details about landcover across the continental U.S. or even just in your neighborhood! Kurt Riitters, Eastern Threat Center landscape ecologist, has processed data from the 2001 National Landcover Database to create interactive Google Earth maps showing forest spatial patterns, forest density, and mixtures of land use. The maps are visualization tools that can be used to analyze and assess land use change and forest fragmentation.
The Template for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options (TACCIMO) is a web-based assessment and reporting tool designed to integrate the most current climate change science with forest planning to meet the needs of a variety of users. A collaborative effort between Eastern Threat Center researchers and USDA Forest Service Southern Region planners and resource managers, TACCIMO fits within the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process and can be used in land management plan revision, environmental assessments, environmental impact statements, and reasonable alternatives.
Eastern Threat Center scientists are developing a web-based planning tool known as the Water Supply Stress Index (WaSSI) model to help natural resource planners and managers evaluate the balances and tradeoffs between water availability and carbon sequestration, and to support informed decision making in light of changing environmental conditions. WaSSI can predict how climate, land cover, and human population change may impact water availability and carbon sequestration at the watershed level and across the lower 48 United States, Mexico, Rwanda, and Burundi.