Climate Change Effects & Adaptation Approaches in Freshwater Ecosystems of Western North America

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Saturday, December 31, 2011

With the growing number of scientific papers on climate change and continued interest among resource managers and conservationists to account for climate change in their work, there is a need to summarize climate change information for key geographies and ecosystems. In response to this need, National Wildlife Federation produced an extensive compilation of climate change effects and adaptation approaches specific to the freshwater aquatic and riparian ecosystems of the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative (NPLCC) geography.

Covering approximately 204,000 square miles, the NPLCC region extends from Kenai Peninsula in southcentral Alaska to Bodega Bay in northern California and stretches up to 150 miles inland to the crest of the Cascade Mountain Range and Coast Mountains. This coastal temperate rainforest ecosystem is home to birds of conservation concern including the marbled murrelet, spotted owl and Queen Charlotte goshawk, iconic salmon, and a wide range of habitats crucial for the survival of other wildlife and for sustaining the Way of Life of many Tribes, First Nations, and Native Alaskans.