Scientific team developing tools to assist land managers in anticipating changes in fish habitat
An interdisciplinary team of scientists is developing tools to assist land managers in anticipating changes in fish habitat such as alterations of water temperature, hydrology, and land-use under different possible scenarios, and to work closely with the National Fish Habitat Partnership to link global climate change models and predicted land-use changes to the Nation’s aquatic habitats.
The effects of climate change on fish and fish habitat are being evaluated at three spatial scales:
- Coarse-scale nationwide assessment of how habitat will change with climate will be conducted
- Data specific to selected U.S. regions to refine predicted changes in fish habitat among varying climate and land-use patterns for streams in the Lower Colorado River Basin, Upper Midwest (Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan), and Northeast U.S. (focusing on Eastern brook trout), and Northern Glacial Lakes of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan (for coldwater fish such as cisco)
- Population assessment for how future environmental conditions may impact smallmouth bass populations in streams of the Midwest U.S.