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QuestionWhere can land managers and publics find the most current information about climate change?ObjectivesProvide information and tools for managersImpactsProvides better informed decisions and researchAbstractThe Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) provides land managers with an online portal to credible, science-based, and relevant information and tools concerning climate change and ecosystem management options. The CCRC draws together the best scientific knowledge and expertise to present a coherent picture of how different climate change scenarios affect land management planning and practices. The website highlights existing resources that are scientifically credible, peer-reviewed, and relevant to managers,...
Understanding the distribution and gaps in distribution for invertebrates that serve as prey items for waterbirds in the Great Basin is proving to be a successful way of understanding how prey availability may change as climate-induced changes to salinity in wetlands vary across the Great Basin. The molecular work for this project is coupled with a concurrent study of Great Basin wetlands, water chemistry, climate models, and waterbird use of the area to provide a robust picture of current and future conditions.
Predicted climate impacts on arid U.S. Great Basin wetlands will alter their number, distribution, and quality (e.g., salinity). The scarcity and isolation of these wetlands make them essential not only to wildlife but to ranchers, farmers, and urban areas that rely on their ecosystem services. Great Basin wetlands are important habitats for migratory birds at high volumes, but they become concentrated mineral brines at low volumes, narrowing waterbird food resources as salinity rises. Thus, many resource managers need to answer two questions: How will climate change affect migratory bird species dependent on climate-sensitive wetlands? How should management strategies balance human-consumer uses of these water...