Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for the Chugach National Forest and the Kenai Peninsula
The Chugach National Forest and Kenai Peninsula climate change vulnerability assessment evaluates the effects of future climate change on a select set of ecological systems and ecosystem services. This vulnerability assessment explores potential consequences of climate change for: (a) snowpack and glaciers, and winter recreation, (b) coastal landscapes and associated environments, (c) vegetation, (d) salmon, and (e) a select set of wildlife species. Using scenario modeling, the researchers found that during the next half century, directional change associated with warming temperatures and increased precipitation will result in dramatic reductions in snow-cover at low elevations, continued retreat of glaciers, potentially an increase in abundance of pink salmon, shrub and tree expansion into higher elevations, and potential expansion of invasive plants particularly along roads, trails, and waterways.
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