Climate Change in the Pacific Region
Pacific Region

Climate Change Nature Resources and Coastal Management

January 29-30, 2009 San Francisco, California
Sponsored by: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service & U.S. Geological Survey

Purpose of Workshop: To share information and provide resources for natural resource scientists and managers working to conserve the coastal ecosystems of California, Oregon, and Washington and address the challenges associated with a changing climate.

Agenda Structure: A two (full) day workshop was held. The workshop kicked off with a broad discussion of climate change, its drivers and the existing tools that are being used to understand it. Elements of coastal ecosystems were presented in three modules. Each of the modules consisted of an overview presentation, specific case studies & projects and concluded with an opportunity for discussion. Components that were integrated into each of the three modules included a synthesis of research findings, tools for managers and a discussion on management adaptation approaches. Special attention was also given to species, populations, and land management.


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PLENARY SESSION A -- Foundational Presentations: Climate Change Scenarios, Downscaled Models, & Effects to Coastal Natural Resource Management

PLENARY SESSION B -- Coastal Ecosystems and Climate Change

PLENARY SESSION C -- Management and Species Challenges

PLENARY SESSION D -- Adapting Our Management and Decision Making

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West Coast Governor's Agreement on Ocean Health, Climate Change Action Team
The three West Coast states are focusing initial efforts, in collaboration with Federal agencies, on a coast-wide assessment of shoreline changes and anticipated impacts to coastal areas and communities due to climate change over the next several decades, and working together to develop actions to mitigate and adapt to such changes.

Input is being sought to identifying the full range of potential climate change impacts to biological and ecological communities. This preliminary assessment of impacts is intended to capture both coast-wide (ex. migratory species) and localized ecological impacts (changes to function and specific habitats). Results from this exercise will be included as a qualitative addition to the Team's work plan and used to develop possible adaptation measures and to inform recommendations to local, state and federal coastal resource managers and other users

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Target Audience: Between 400-450 attendees participated including policy makers, resource managers, planners, program leads, scientists, and information and data specialists from Federal and State agencies and their partners.

Date & Location: January 29-30, 2009, San Francisco, California, Hyatt Regency, 5 Embarcadero Center.

Tour the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project: Attendees were invited to join a tour of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project at the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge-- the largest tidal wetland restoration project on the west coast. On the tour we discussed the overall project including the roles of sediment deposition and sea level rise in the bay.

For Oregon and Washington, please contact: David Patte,, 503-231-2264, USFWS; or Lief Horwitz,, 206-220-4616, USGS.

For California, please contact: Diane Elam,, 916-414-6453, USFWS; or Tom Suchanek,, 916-278-9573, USGS.

Last updated: October 19, 2011

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