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Building Resilience

Science-Focused Projects

Current Projects

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Connecting Wildlands and Communities

Planning for Climate-Ready Landscapes in SoCal

An interdisciplinary team exploring how connected landscapes can support adaptation and resilience to climate change for both ecosystems and local communities in Southern California.

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DUNAS Puerto Rico

Descendants United for Nature, Adaptation, and Sustainability

A community based, climate adaptation project focused on dune restoration for conserving biodiversity and cultural heritage in Hacienda la Esperanza Reserve in Puerto Rico.

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Manzanita Tribal Resilience Project

Building Climate Resilience for ‘Synaaw and the People

The Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation is moving forward with a vision to protect and conserve the lands under their stewardship. The Climate Science Alliance team is honored to take part and support the Tribe in creating the Manzanita Tribal Resilience Project – one part of a larger effort to address climate impacts and build resilience into the future.

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Resilient Restoration

Advancing Ecological, Cultural, and Community Resilience with Tribal Nations in Southern California

This collaborative project will work to promote Tribal resilience by developing knowledge and supporting actions that enhance persistence of cultural practices with a focus on preserving the ecosystems and species that are integral to Tribal communities.

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Resilient Roots

Climate-Smart Agriculture & Food Systems

Working collaboratively with regional producers and growers to understand the region's agricultural landscape, opportunities for climate-smart practices, and the potential for water resilience in a changing climate.

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Southern California Montane Forests

A Climate-Informed Conservation Strategy

Southern California’s montane forests are facing rapidly intensifying stressors and disturbances that are exacerbated by climate change. The goal of this project is to advance our collective understanding of the vulnerabilities and challenges facing these forests and identify the opportunities and strategies for increasing forest resilience.

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Tribal Resilience Projects

Tribal-Led Collaborative Projects

In collaboration with Tribes and Tribal Professionals across the Nation, the Climate Science Alliance provides technical and staff support for projects, events, and planning.

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Valuing Carbon Sequestration in Natural Landscapes

Ongoing Efforts and Future Opportunities

California’s chaparral ecosystems have been largely excluded from carbon sequestration evaluations and planning due to lack of understanding about carbon dynamics in these systems. However, chaparral is the most extensive vegetation type in the state with potential for above- and below-ground carbon storage.