Eleven science projects totaling over $800,000 were selected by the North Pacific LCC’s interagency interim Science Advisory Team. Recipients of the awards span a wide range of fields and disciplines studying broad-scale impacts of future climate change scenarios. The projects are intended to spur knowledge-to-action and include tools to help identify conservation priorities and provide future climate change scenario models and species-specific assessments for conservation and adaptation planning.
New Landscape-Scale Analyses and Information
Climate Change Effects on Pacific Northwest Wetland Ecosystems (University of Washington Climate Impacts Group; P.I. - Hamlet; $99,424)
The grantee will develop projections for the timing and duration of water in diverse wetland habitats such as forest wetlands, wet meadows, small ponds and riparian wetlands.
Pacific Northwest Forest Soils: Drought Sensitive Areas (The Conservation Biology Institute; P.I.- Bachelet; $99,500)
The grantee will create a soil index and map indicating where forest cover will be most affected by climate change.
Modeling Sea-Level Rise: Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge (USGS-Western Ecological Research Center; P.I.-Takekawa; $28,000)
The grantee will use a bottom-up approach to evaluating sea-level rise (SLR) effects at the local scale to provide information that will be useful in assessing current local response and detect changes in the future.
Vulnerability Assessment & Adaptation Planning
Vulnerability of Nearshore Species and Habitats to Climate Change Effects (USGS Western Fisheries Research Center; P.I. – Reusser; $95,000)
The grantee will create an online interactive tool that will help managers assess relative vulnerabilities of nearshore species to climate change effects.
Planning for Climate Change: Case Studies within the Willamette Basin and Protected Areas in British Columbia (The University of Washington; P.I. – Lawler; $72,915)
Working with partners, the grantee will apply the results of an on-going climate change vulnerability assessment to management implications within two complex landscapes: the Willamette Basin and British Columbia Protected Areas. (link to UW-Lawler.pdf)
The Washington Connected Landscapes Project: Tools for Regional Connectivity and Climate Adaptation Planning (The Nature Conservancy; P.I. Brad McRae; $76,000)
This funding adds to two years of support by the Great Northern LCC for the Washington Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Working Group’s project. It will support development of mapping tools that can be used to analyze regional habitat connectivity for suites of species.
Distributions and Abundance of North Pacific Birds in the Context of Future Climate Change (PRBO Conservation Science; P.I. – Ballard; $95,000)
The grantee, along with American Bird Conservancy and Klamath Bird Observatory, will model current and future north Pacific bird distribution and abundance information in northern CA, OR, and WA.
Potential Effects of Climate Change on Freshwater and Forest Ecosystems (Ecotrust; P.I.s - Bidlack and Mertens; $95,000)
The grantee, in partnership with others, will develop a conservation and restoration priorities tool that will provide free online access to regional information including: climate change projections, watershed condition, freshwater species and forest system information, and invasive species information.
Forest Landscape Corridors and Connectivity (University of Montana; P.I.- Landguth; $41,243)
The grantee will create an interactive web-mapping application to help forest land managers identify and prioritize corridors that are important for maintaining and enhancing the ability of wildlife populations to migrate freely. (link to UMontana.pdf)
Workshops and Focus Groups
Expert Focus Groups for Climate Change Impacts in Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems (National Wildlife Federation; P.I. - Siemann; $68,108)
The grantee will conduct 12 expert focus groups to summarize the most up-to-date information about climate change impacts in marine/coastal and freshwater ecosystems across the NPLCC.
Data Integration Workshop in Support of the Coastal Temperate Rainforest of Southeast Alaska and British Columbia (Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center; P.I. – Goldstein; $34,600)
Working with partners, the grantee will lead a second workshop to develop cross-boundary maps and data sets to support conservation in the coastal temperate rainforest zone of Southeast Alaska and British Columbia.