Incorporating Spatial Heterogeneity in Temperature into Climate Vulnerability Assessments for Coastal Pacific Streams


Aimee Fullerton NOAA, Northwest Fisheries Science Center and Se-Yeun Lee, Climate Impacts Group

Webinar Date: 11/16/2017

Water temperature, a key driver of ecological processes in aquatic environments, is expected to warm as a result of climate change, stressing stream biota. Successful climate adaptation strategies will consider changes to spatial patterns in water temperature.

Join presenters Aimee Fullerton of NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science Center and Se-Yeun Lee of Climate Impacts Group as they present the results of this NPLCC-supported project. Their study analyzed water temperature for 6,106 km of rivers, evaluating the characteristics of cold-water habitat for Pacific salmon and steelhead within the NPLCC.

Findings and datasets produced during this project will help resource managers in their quest to protect "sufficiently distributed" thermal refuges for Pacific salmon and steelhead, to identify locations where stream temperature patterns may be least/most responsive to climate change, and actions that will promote future thermal diversity best suited for conserving salmon and other aquatic resources.

More information on the project