Tuesday, August 4, 2009: 8:00 PM-10:00 PM
Brazos, Albuquerque Convention Center
SS 17 - Natural Resources and Climate Change: Effects and Adaptation
Climate change is a critical issue for our time. Ecosystems are changing in response to climate: fire seasons are longer and forest fires are larger and more frequent; snowmelt in the western US occurs earlier; agricultural production is approaching critical thresholds in some areas; critical habitat is lost or threatened. Recent synthesis and assessments by the US Climate Change Science Program show that the scope and magnitude of climate change impacts often exceed expectations for both the extent and rate of change. As a result, natural resource managers are adapting to climate change either intentionally or unintentionally, often without any larger framework or understanding for those actions. Management designed to adapt to climate change is rarely evaluated, and effects and adaptation are often separated when they should be linked. Maintaining ecosystem function is critical to sustainability, and will rely heavily on understanding the effects of climate change on natural resources and the potential for adaptation to those changes.
Organizer:Margaret K. Walsh, US Department of Agriculture
Co-organizer:Michael G. Ryan, USDA Forest Service
Moderator:Margaret K. Walsh, US Department of Agriculture
8:00 PMIntroduction and background
Margaret K. Walsh, US Department of Agriculture
8:15 PMSynthesis overview
Peter Backlund, UCAR
8:30 PMClimate change effects
David S. Schimel, National Ecological Observatory Network
8:45 PMAgriculture and climate change
Chuck Rice, Kansas State University
9:00 PMForests and climate change
Michael G. Ryan, USDA Forest Service
9:15 PMClimate change and biodiversity
Anthony Janetos, PNNL/UMD
9:30 PMAdaptation in national parks
Jill Baron, United States Geological Survey
9:45 PMSynthesis and adaptation overview
Susan Julius, US Environmental Protection Agency

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