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Climate Change

Hares may be particularly vulnerable to predators when their coloration does not match the background. Changes in the timing of snow cover could affect their survival (credit: L. Scott Mills et al., PNAS Early Edition [2013]).

Most mammals will not be able to avoid the effects of climate change, with both positive and negative effects possible, dependent on the species' distribution and specific climatic adaptations.

(photo by L. Scott Mills)
Flooding outside Flagstaff, AZ, after the 2010 Schultz Fire.

Climate change is altering the frequency, severity, and extent of disturbances such as floods

(image of flooding outside Flagstaff, AZ, after the 2010 Schultz Fire)
Declining Siberian larch (photo by Jon Ranson, NASA).

High elevation and high latitude ecosystems, such as larch and pine forests in Siberia, are experiencing range shifts due to climate change

(photo by Jon Ranson, NASA)
Before and after a spruce beetle outbreak at the Glacier Lakes Ecosystem Experiments Site, WY (photo by John Frank).

Warmer winters can contribute to insect epidemics. Image from Glacier Lakes Experiments Site, WY, before and after a spruce beetle outbreak

(photo by John Frank)
American pika (photo by Michael Megnak, Univeristy of Georgia, Bugwood.org).

Researchers have developed methods to assess the vulnerability of species and ecosystems to climate change, such as the American pika--one of many species losing habitat due to climate change

(photo by Michael Megnak, Univeristy of Georgia, Bugwood.org)
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Climate change research includes adaptation research to improve the resiliency of forests, rangelands, and aquatic areas so as to mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change on trees, forests, and forest ecosystems. Specifically, this category includes research related to:

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