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USDA Southeast Regional Climate Hub (SERCH)

Assisting land managers adapt and plan for the impacts of current climate variability

Steve McNulty

Director, USDA Southeast Regional Climate Hub

[email protected]

baseline rules
Baseline rules
  • Reagans quote
  • No regulatory role
  • Working with ARS, NRCS, and FS
  • Must be useful to both extension and land owner
Vision: Agricultural production and natural resources maintaind and strengthened under increasing climate variability and environmental change

Mission: To develop and deliver science-based, region-specific information and technologies to agricultural and natural resource managers that enable climate-smart decision-making and provide assistance to enable land managers to implement those decisions.

USDA Regional Climate Hubs will provide:
  • Technical & Program Support
  • Assessments and Forecasts
  • Outreach and Education
Revised USDA Climate Hub Regions

Forest Service Lead

ARS / Forest Service

Forest Service Lead

Sub - Hub Locations

how the hubs work
How the hubs work
  • find or develop tools or information that could be of use to the manager for increasing resiliency and sustainability of land during times of environmental stress
  • share information with extension/NRCS/private consultants to assess interest and usefulness
  • If useful, train the trainers and increase tool access and use
how the hubs work cont
How the hubs work (cont.)
  • listen to feedback on tool from land managers and report needs for improvement or gaps to WO funding sources.
  • Promote new funding to fill gaps in tool or information directly useful to land managers

USDA Forest Service – Southern RegionChris Liggett (PI)

David Meriwether

Paul Arndt

USDA Forest Service –

Pacific Southwest Region

Bruce Goines

Lara Polansky

Bradley Burmark

USDA Forest Service –

Threat Assessment CentersSteve McNulty (PI)

Emrys Treasure

Lisa Jennings

Jennifer Moore Myers

Robert Herring

Nancy Grulke

Lisa Balduman

TACCIMO is a web-based application integrating climate change science with management and planning options through search and reporting tools that connect land managers with peer-reviewed information they can trust.

Science: Geospatial

Science: Literature

USDA FS Forest Planning




Coastal Ecosystems

Climate Trends

Freshwater Ecosystems

Forest Health

Plant Communities

Invasive Species

Vegetation Management

Animal Communities


General Biodiversity

Water Resources

Extreme Weather

Air Quality

Human Dimensions

Land Use & Planning

Soil & Geologic Resources

Photo credits from Climate Trends—Petr Kapitola, State Phytosanitary Administration; Fire—Region 2, USFS; Freshwater Ecosystems—Chris Evans, River to River CWMA; Invasive Species—Kerry Britton, USFS; Animal Communities—Alfred Viola, Northeastern University; Vegetation Mgt.—John D. Hodges, MS State Univ.; Plant Communities—Jason Sharman, Vitalitree; General Biodiversity—David Cappaert, MI State Univ.; Water Resources—Chris Evans, River to River CWMA; Soils—Howard F. Schwartz, CO State Univ.; Land Use—James Denny Ward, USFS; Disturbance—Ronald F. Billings, Texas FS

taccimo project history
TACCIMO Project History

2009: Concept and prototype development

2010: Web application development

Implementation of basic reporting and explore functionality

Version 1.0 released: June 2010

Review and refinement of web application

Version 2.0 released: October 2010

2011: Content development and web application redesign

Forest plan and literature development

Version 2.1 released: April 2011

Implementation of enhanced reporting and explore functionality

Version 2.2 released: October 2011

2012-2014: Continuing development through user support

Expanded partnerships

Intensive literature and geospatial content development

Version 3.0 expected release: Fall 2013

who is using taccimo
Who is using TACCIMO?

NEPA Analysis and Responding to Public Comments

NEPA coordinators in the Southern region are using TACCIMO to respond to public comments regarding climate change and carbon sequestration.

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments

TACCIMO is working with the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative and non-profit partners EcoAdapt and the Geos Institute to provide the scientific basis for a vulnerability assessment for the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

State and Private-Level Forest Management

Forest managers from the North Carolina Forest Service, Southern Regional Extension Forestry, and the PINEMAP project used TACCIMO to craft climate change materials for state level managers and private landowners.

Everyday Use

TACCIMO is used for every day climate change needs by federal, state, and private natural resource professionals, and provides a valuable teaching aidfor climate change education.

investigating effects of climate change
Investigating Effects of Climate Change

TACCIMO Literature Explorer

emerging forest threats management options for healthy forests
Emerging Forest Threats:Management Options For Healthy Forests

Pamphlet created in collaboration with the NC Forest Service Forest Management Division with reviews from NCSU Extension Forestry

Targeted at private forest landowners engaged in stewardship plans

Does not explicitly mention Climate Change or Global Warming

Summarized from over 300 peer-reviewed sources in TACCIMO

Available at

visit our case studies page
Visit our Case Studies Page

For more examples of TACCIMO applications, visit our case studies page:

So, If you are interested in seeing your climate impacts

adaptation work make it into the hands of those folks who can

really use it, please contact me at

[email protected]

or call my office number

919 515-9489

Keep on SERCHing!