GEM3 Dataset: Submission #21

Submission information
Submission Number: 21
Created: Tue, 11/26/2019 - 13:08

Climate Shield Cold-Water Refuge Streams for Native Trout

Populations of many cold-water species are likely to decline this century with global warming, but declines will vary spatially and some populations will persist even under extreme climate change scenarios. Especially cold habitats could provide important refugia from both future environmental change and invasions by non-native species that prefer warmer waters. The Climate Shield website hosts geospatial data and related information that describes specific locations of cold-water refuge streams for native Cutthroat Trout and Bull Trout across the American West. Forecasts about the locations of refugia could enable the protection of key watersheds, be used to rally support among multiple stakeholders, and provide a foundation for planning climate-smart conservation networks that improve the odds of preserving native trout populations through the 21st century.

Climate Shield was inspired by the landscapes of the Rocky Mountains and people everywhere that are working to preserve native trout. The Northern Rockies Adaptation Partnership provided a valuable forum that accelerated this work. The Great Northern and North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperatives generously funded the NorWeST project, which serves as the foundation for Climate Shield.

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Water temperature, Animals, Trout, Change, Distribution, Future, Population, Physical water properties
Rocky Mountain Research Station
Kitty Griswold
Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Washington, Oregon
Data is already in the public domain.