FEMC Regional Project

Monitoring northeastern forest indicators for signs of climate-driven change

Identifying Climate Indicators

FEMC will identify thresholds of species that are vulnerable to climate change within forested ecosystems in the Northeast.

Maximizing Monitoring Efforts

FEMC will make monitoring data and methods for key climate-sensitive systems and species available to researchers, planners and managers.

This project identifies key ecosystem metrics to monitor and what to look for in monitoring data in order to identify possible climate related tipping points within forested ecosystems in the Northeast. Working with Cooperators, FEMC staff are gathering data, methods and expert knowledge about how we can monitor and identify climate-driven change in our forests.

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About the Project

We are seeking to identify existing sources of monitoring data, research and information to inform the development of climate thresholds, identify current opportunities for collaboration, and find gaps in our collective knowledge.

This project will lead to an online information portal will aggregate dozens of monitoring data sets, research papers and reports; a synthesis paper summarizing key indicators, thresholds and data sets for ongoing monitoring in the region; and, documentation of model monitoring methods where they exist.

To help us initiate this project, please consider sharing your knowledge and expertise about monitoring Northeastern forest indicators for signs of climate-driven change.

We are seeking partner input on some important questions about climate indicators across the Northeast. To help guide this project, please take a moment to fill out our survey (https://survey.uvm.edu/index.php/736696).

Project Quick Facts

Start Date:

June 2020

Project Brief:
Project Contact:
Pia Ruisi-Besares

Project Personnel:

FEMC Staff:

Matthias Sirch
Gene Desideraggio
James Duncan


This project is possible due to long-term funding provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service State & Private Forestry, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the University of Vermont.