Climate Suitability Map
A Climate suitability map
is now available. This survey should only be considered in the states with appropriate climate conditions and suitable hosts for this beetle.
The map was produced by the SAFARIS Team. SAFARIS is a modeling framework that enables PPQ to quickly respond to emergencies, efficiently survey for pests, and assess potential pest impacts by collecting critical geospatial data and developing predictive models. SAFARIS is developed and maintained by the NC State University, Center for Integrated Pest Management (CIPM) with support from the PPQ-S&T Plant Pest Risk Analysis (PPRA) Laboratory.
The SAFARIS team used a climate suitability model for oak ambrosia beetle occurrence in the continental United States to support CAPS survey planning. The model predicts the suitability of an area for oak ambrosia beetle occurrence based on the likelihood of favorable climate conditions for the pest occurring using tools and data within SAFARIS. The detailed method used in this assessment is described here