Webinar: Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for the Pacific Northwest
Presenter: Josh Lawler, University of Washington
Modern climate change has already begun to alter ecological and human systems. Many of the changes projected for the coming century will necessitate management responses if we wish to maintain functioning ecosystems, protect rare species, and derive needed ecosystem services. Prioritizing management actions in the face of climate change and developing adaptation strategies requires an understanding of how climates will change and which species and systems will be most vulnerable to those changes. We are currently undertaking a climate change culnerability assessment for the Pacific Northwestern US. This assessment involves:
- developing on-line databases that document species and system sensitivities to climate change
- relatively fine-resolution down-scaled climatic projections
- projected changes in vegetation
- projected change in focal animal species distributions and
- discussions with four groups of stakeholders to refined assessment products and to build draft climate change adaptation strategies.