Climate Change in the Pacific Region
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Climate Change Impacts in the Pacific Region

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Greater sage-grouse male and female
Greater sage-grouse male and female
Photo Credit: Jeannie Stafford/USFWS
Some species will have to adapt as climate changes

Faced with an uncertain future, wildlife managers say the best thing they can do to preserve species in the face of climate change is to protect and enhance large expanses of habitat that will give animals a chance to adapt.

But it’s more than just making sure particular places remain viable. More important may be giving animals the pathways to move between blocks of wild country like central Idaho wilderness areas and Yellowstone and Glacier national parks in Montana


Read the full article from the Idaho Statesman

Dungeness NWR, Lighthouse and Mt Baker
Dungeness NWR, Lighthouse and Mt Baker
Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Washington State (Includes PNW info as well)

This new State of Knowledge Report, prepared by the Univ. of Washington, Climate Impacts Group for the Washington State Department of Ecology, summarizes: 1) Existing knowledge about the likely effects of climate change on Washington State and the Pacific Northwest, with an emphasis on research since 2007; 2)Climate change adaptation activities underway across the state; and; 3)Data resources available to support local adaptation efforts. The report provides technical summaries detailing observed and projected changes for Washington and Pac. NW climate, water resources, forests, species and ecosystems, coasts and ocean, infrastructure, agriculture, and human health in an easy-to-read summary format designed to complement the foundational literature from which it draws.

Read more, download the report

Juvenile Harbor Seal, Protection Island NWR
Juvenile Harbor Seal, Protection Island NWR
Peter Davis/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
What are the Effects of Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest?

A new report titled 'Climate Change in the Northwest: Implications for Our Landscapes, Waters, and Communities' assesses the current state of knowledge about key climate impacts and consequences to various sectors and communities in the Pacific Northwest, including projected impacts on: PNW climate; Hydrology and water supply; Coasts and oceans; Forest ecosystems; Agriculture; Human health, and Northwest Tribes. The report provides technical input to the larger Third National Climate Assessment report.

Download the report (opens 4.1 MB pdf file)
See the draft National Climate Assessment Reports
See all technical reports to the National Climate Assessment Report

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Video Feature

Nov 26, 10:00-11:00am (Pacific Time): Webinar, Forecasting bull trout suitable habitat in a changing world

Dec 5, 11:00-12:00 pm (Pacific Time): Science in support of large ecosystem recovery: perspectives from California's Delta and Puget Sound

Dec 9-13: American Geophysical Union's 46th annual Fall Meeting, San Francisco. Includes numerous climate science, policy and communications presentations.

Dec 9-10, Reno, NV: The Great Basin Consortium: A Landscape Under Fire




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Last updated: November 19, 2013

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