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2016: Conservation strategies for climate change resilience

Recent analyses to support climate adaptive conservation planning

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Thank you to all who attended the webinar! 

Webinar Agenda


Sacha Spector, Nava Tabak and James Mudd presented two analyses developed by Scenic Hudson and their application for planning for climate resilience in conjunction with natural resource protection.

Fran Dunwell discussed how this will help fulfill the vision of the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program Action Agenda. Scroll down for descriptions of the two analyses.

  • Hosted by: The Estuary Training Program of the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Hudson River Estuary Program
  • Audience: Land trusts and conservancies, marsh managers, federal, state and county environmental and natural resources staff
  •  by hosts Emilie Hauser and Sarah Lipuma


Webinar Introduction, hosts Emilie Hauser and Sarah Lipuma

Tidal Wetlands: Protecting the Pathways Report by Nava Tabak of Scenic Hudson

Watch the entire webinar below!


Hudson River Tidal Wetland Migration Pathways

Spatial modeling using the Sea Level Rise Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM) projects that the Hudson River’s tidal wetlands will change significantly as sea level rises over the next century. The potential for horizontal wetland migration differs along the length of the estuary, with the greatest expansions projected in three wetland complexes in the northern part of the estuary. Key wetland adaptation strategies include: protecting the wetland pathway, managing and restoring existing wetlands so they are better able to adapt, and using planning, policy, and regulation to complement the first two strategies.

Tabak, Nava, Laba, Magdeline and Spector, Sacha (2016) Simulating the Effects of Sea Level Rise on the Resilience and Migration of Tidal Wetlands along the Hudson River. PLoS ONE 11(4): e0152437


Hudson Valley Conservation Strategy

The Hudson Valley Conservation Strategy identifies lands that achieve the multiple conservation goals of climate resilience, connectivity, biodiversity and farmland protection using a reserve design approach (using MARXAN). The result is a dynamic decision-support tool that can help the land conservation community build on current investments to strategically conserve lands that meet these conservation goals. The model effectively identifies lands in underrepresented ecological land units, so the results include low elevation conservation opportunities that may otherwise be overlooked. It is expected that the strategy will be updated on at least an annual basis.

For more information, contact:
Emilie Hauser


Sarah Lipuma

Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System

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