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Center for Ecosystem Climate Solutions

Science-based solutions for land management

The Center for Ecosystem Climate Solutions (CECS) is developing the science-based tools California needs to more effectively manage its natural lands for climate change.

CECS brings together researchers, managers, and practitioners from across the state, who are all working to improve the health and resilience of our communities and the ecosystems we depend on.

The CECS Carbon Vulnerability Tool is Live!

This new app shows projected changes to aboveground carbon stocks across California over this century based on both moderate and extreme climate scenarios. These projections, built by a team of CEC researchers, are based on random forest models, using four seasons of temperature and precipitation as input. 

The tool also allows users to identify which parts of the state are most vulnerable to future carbon loss due to changing temperature and precipitation patterns. Projections also include changes in tree versus shrub spread across the landscape and maps vulnerability for 20 tree species statewide.

The CECS Fire Progression Tool is Live!

This new app shows daily fire spread for 32 of the largest multi-day fires in California since 2012. The underlying dataset, built by CECS researchers, uses satellite detection to track daily fire spread for all 274 large, multi-day fires in California from 2012-2020. 

The tool also visualizes fuel loads derived from CECS Ecosystem Integration Model, an original product that integrates geospatial data on physical conditions and a diagnostic model of pools and fluxes in order to generate data on carbon pools, water balance, die-off, and surface fuels.

Screenshot of fire progression tool interface