What is TBC3?

Pepperwood’s Terrestrial Biodiversity and Climate Change Collaborative (TBC3) is a vibrant collective of university, non-profit and government experts focused on bringing the best available science to inform climate adaptation strategies for natural resources in California’s Coast Ranges.

Our goal is to combine our unique skill sets in innovative ways to advance a cross-disciplinary understanding of how climate and biology intersect in the stunning mountains and valleys of our region. We engage directly with land and water managers to help navigate the complexities of measuring and modeling relationships between climate, hydrology, and ecosystem response in terrestrial and freshwater environments. We utilize Pepperwood as a home-base for workshops, trainings, adaptive management pilot projects and long-term integrated climate-water-ecosystem “sentinel site” monitoring.

Highlights of recent work

Climate Ready North Bay - TBC3 science fuels this platform that empowers our community to confront the natural resource challenges presented by climate change. Click below to learn more about the initiative and to access Climate Ready Vegetation Reports.

Climate Ready

Vegetation Management Workshop - In February 2017, UC Berkeley and TBC3 hosted a workshop at Pepperwood connecting 20 local resource managers with TBC3 scientists to assess the effectiveness of the Climate Ready Vegetation Reports created to inform management. Read the proceedings below.

Workshop Proceedings

Our Mission

The mission of TBC3 is to bridge cutting-edge climate research and natural resource management strategies, with a focus on ecosystem-based approaches to increasing the resilience of our region’s watersheds, plants, and animals.

What TBC3 Can Do for You

Land and water managers need science to guide decision-making. TBC3 offers assistance in the utilization of our cutting-edge knowledgebases to inform these decisions. We help users to navigate high-resolution climate data for regional conservation plans. We develop real-time monitoring systems to test model hypotheses and to inform adaptive management strategies. We are in the process of creating free online tools to allow more savvy data users the opportunity to independently explore our potential climate futures. Climate data is currently available through the Conservation Lands Network Explorer tool, the San Francisco Bay Watershed Analyst, and the Climate Commons.

TBC3 is a collaborative project co-chaired by Pepperwood and UC Berkeley with critical funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation