The Climate Change Tree Atlas provides modeled potential suitable habitat for 125 tree species in the East, with an additional 23 species with current information only. Browse by tree species, or download custom summaries based on location at the Climate Change Tree Atlas website.
What is the US Forest Service's Climate Change Tree Atlas?
The Climate Change Atlas can help to answer a range of questions concerning current and projected suitable habitat (year 2100) for the majority of tree species within the eastern U.S. forests.
For each species included in the Atlas, information is provided on species characteristics, life history and current distribution. Users can see which factors (e.g. temperature, elevation, soil properties) help to drive species distributions, offering some guidance on species sensitivity to large-scale climate differences. The Atlas offers maps and numerical summary data that show how each species' suitable habitat is projected to change under three different climate models, for both high and low emissions scenarios. Additionally, for some species, maps depicting the colonization likelihood of potential suitable habitat are provided. Maps can be viewed via the Atlas online interface, or geospatial data can be obtained from https://www.fs.fed.us/nrs/atlas/tree/.
For certain pre-defined regions, the Atlas provides summary data on how the overall grouping of species habitats within that area might change under future climates. Currently, projections are provided for ecoregions (Bailey’s 2007), national forest/grasslands, national parks, national climate assessment regions (2016), one-degree grids, states, urban areas, watersheds.
Additional background on this tool and its uses can be found at the Climate Change Resource Center, and also viewed in this short video tutorial: