Climate Change Topics
Here the CCRC features brief summaries of specific topics in natural resource sciences and management related to climate change. In each Topic Page, expert authors provide a brief introduction to the topic with opportunities for exploring more detail through recommended readings, links and other resources.
Disturbances & Stressors
Climate change may interact with and contribute to environmental disturbances and stressors including wildland fire; insect disturbances such as bark beetles; invasive plants; forest diseases; and air pollution.
Analysis & Assessments
Certain changes can be observed and modeled through landscape analysis - changing vegetation distribution is one example. Climate change assessments can include impact, vulnerability, and natural resource assessments.
Read about how climate change affects some of natural resources that managers are charged with protecting, including amphibians, reptiles, birds, aquatic ecosystems (warmwater and coldwater), and water resources.
Urban forests can play a significant role in reducing greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.
Unique ecosystems will be affected differently by climate change. Read about special considerations for grasslands.