Aquatics and Climate Change Information

Tthe effects of climate change on aquatic ecosystems are still uncertain. Limited information has been available to guide management decisions but new analytical techniques and spatial data linked to downscaled climate projections could help. This workshop Understanding & Adapting to Climate Change in Aquatic Ecosystems at Landscape and River Basin Scales provides an opportunity for researchers and managers to begin exploring the utility of these techniques.

Workshop objectives: 

  • Share current information regarding the effects of climate change on aquatic ecosystems.
  • Present analysis tools that could assist managers in addressing climate change.
  • Discuss management implications of climate change, the utility of existing tools, and future information and analysis needs.
Recording Date(s):: 
03/01/2011 - 03/03/2011
Boise, ID


Sampling fish in a stream
Presenter: Bruce Rieman

There is a great deal of scientific information being generated on how aquatic ecosystems may respond to climate change. How do we begin to apply this information and use it in management?

Map of drought index, western US
Presenter: Steve Hostetler

An introduction to general climate change, global climate models, and using downscaled climate data to simulate changes over western North America.

Stream on Boise National Forest
Presenter: Charles Luce

How do changing temperatures and precipitation patterns drive hydrologic processes, such as snowmelt timing, soil moisture, flood seasonality, and more?

Remotely sensed image of streambed
Presenter: Jim McKean

Climate-induced changes in streamflow will alter physical stream habitats, including their timing, size, and connectivity. New technologies are developing for examining these changes.

Swimming salmon
Presenter: Seth Wenger

A summary of what projected hydrologic changes mean for four trout species, and an introduction to how fish distributions may change over the next century.

Scoured streambed
Presenter: John Buffington

Explore some of the hypotheses about how climate change will affect stream channel morphology, and scour regimes.

Map of stream temperatures
Presenter: Dan Isaak

Many new tools are becoming available to provide downscaled climate data and help us make management decisions. How do these tools perform when used in an excersize to examine real-world problems? See the example of an exercise done for Bull Trout.

sample map of stream temperature change
Presenter: Lee Benda

Learn about the community-based NetMap tools, and see an example of how the tools have been used to look at climate change a road concerns in the Boise, ID basin.

A diagram showing the structure of a model on climate change and fish habitat
Presenter: Douglas Peterson

Provides an example of how to bring the flood of data and information on climate change together to prioritize conservation and management, using an example of a model for Bull trout in the Boise River basin.

Fly fisherman in a stream
Presenter: Dan Isaak

Stream temperature measurements indicate that streams are warming in response to climate change. However more data are needed to accurately predict stream temperature changes for the future, and their biological implications.

Salmon river
Presenter: John Chatel

A walk through a watershed vulnerability assessment conducted on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area as a part of a pilot effort.

Burning in a forested wetland
Presenter: Rachel Loehman

Climate, fire and vegetation are closely linked in western ecosystems; this presentation discusses how climate change might affect vegetation by changing wildfire disturbance patterns.