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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) 
02/28/2011 to 03/02/2011
Venue 
Boise, ID

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?

Presenter : Steve Hostetler

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

Presenter : Charles Luce

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

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.

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.

Presenter : John Buffington

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

Presenter : Dan Isaak

Many new tools are becoming available to provide down scaled 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.

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.

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.

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.

Presenter : John Chatel

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

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.