Adapting the Management of our National Parks for Climate Change

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Ongoing
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Our National Parks are vulnerable to climate change in a number of ways, requiring changes in the way we manage our parks.  This project uses decision support tools (e.g., scenario planning, vulnerability assessments) and climate science to help park managers adapt their management practices to climate change. Park managers are asking what changes they can expect that uniquely affect their park and to what degree.  With this information, they can use Scenario Planning and other decision support tools to consider new management strategies or modifications to existing strategies that help the park face these climatic changes.  Other parks need to first identify which of their assets (e.g., natural resources, infrastructure, etc) are vulnerable to climate change, in which case they also need to know how the climate is changing unique to their park in order to conduct a climate change vulnerability assessment.

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  • Bryan, A. M.: Climate Change at Acadia Nat'l Park: What we know & what we don't, Acadia Scenario Planning Workshop, Bar Harbor, ME, 5 Oct 2015.
  • Bryan, A. M.: Climate Trends for COLO, Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA, June 1, 2016.
  • Bryan, A. M., A. Babson:  Preserving our National Parks in the Northeast in the face of Climate Change: An NPS-NE CSC collaboration, NE CSC Regional Science Meeting, poster, May 16, 2017.
  • Bryan, A. M.: The Science Behind Climate Change, Climate Friendly Parks Workshop with Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, New Beford Whaling National Historical Park, and Roger Williams National Memorial, New Bedford, MA, June 28, 2017.
  • Bryan, A., A. Babson, Climate Change @ FIIS, Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Workshop for Fire Island National Seashore, Ocean Beach, NY, November 15, 2017.