Climate Change and Potential Ecosystem Change in Alaska, the Yukon, and the Northwest Territories

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 10:00 AM AKDT
Speaking: 
Nancy Fresco, Michael Lindgren, Falk Heuttmann, UAF; Karen Murphy, US Fish & Wildlife Service

Nancy Fresco, Michael Lindgren, Falk Heuttmann, University of Alaska Fairbanks; Karen Murphy, US Fish & Wildlife Service

The joint final report from the Alaska Cliomes Project and the Canada Cliomes Project is now available for public download. The report offers the public, including land managers, government agencies, communities, businesses, academics and nonprofits, a new perspective on how climate change affects northern ecosystems. Historical weather data was used to divide the landscape into areas of similar climate. Each of these areas — or cliomes — is described based on the characteristic pattern of vegetation and wildlife species that thrive under those particular climate conditions. The project then used climate models to project how ongoing climate change may cause the landscape to shift in coming decades. Project results suggest some major changes in these cliomes and the ecosystems associated with them.
Download the Cliomes final report
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