The U.S. Forest Service Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) has released Climate Change Effects on Forests and Grasslands: What You Need to Know, a new interactive online education module on climate change effects on forests and grasslands. The module provides a brief overview of climate change effects on water resources, vegetation growth, wildlife, and disturbances, and builds on the first education module released by CCRC, Climate Change Science and Modeling, which provides a basic climate change foundation.
The interactive features of the module allow users to control their learning experience, with opportunities to explore outside links, learn relevant facts, and explore examples of effects on different ecosystems. The main material is followed by an activity specific to the eastern or western United States, and completing the activity will generate a personalized certificate.
The module was designed to be approachable and flexible for busy professionals and others, like the general public, who wish to understand observed and projected climate change effects. Both modules help the Forest Service continue to make progress on the Climate Change Scorecard by giving all employees access to new education options.