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Vulnerabilities to climate change of Northeast fish and wildlife habitats, Phase II

Vulnerabilities to Climate Change of Northeast Fish and Wildlife Habitats, Phase II

Vulnerabilities to Climate Change of Northeast Fish and Wildlife Habitats, Phase II

This project completed three assessments of the vulnerability of terrestrial, aquatic, and coastal habitats (ecosystems) to climate change, including sea level rise. One assessment evaluated 13 terrestrial and wetland habitat types, the second evaluated cold water stream habitats, and the third evaluated coastal habitats. A database of coastal climate change projects and tools was also developed.

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The Vulnerabilities of Northeastern Fish and Wildlife Habitats to Sea Level Rise

Sea level rise poses a major new threat to the conservation of important coastal ecological resources in the Northeast and elsewhere. As yet, our ability to project habitat and species vulnerabilities to this threat is constrained by methodological limitations and a lack of research. Nevertheless, if we are to manage and conserve these resources, on which huge investments have been made over the last few decades, it is vital that we begin to understand vulnerabilities and the factors responsible for them. In this report we review the scientific literature to evaluate our current understanding of the vulnerabilities of fish and wildlife habitats in the northeastern coastal zone to sea level rise (SLR); identify the major sources of uncertainty; and suggest future research that will help us continue to conserve these coastal ecological resources. Specifically, we evaluate the extent to which existing studies, data sets and tools allow us to infer reliable conclusions about the likely vulnerabilities and fates of coastal habitats for fish and wildlife, the uncertainties that surround these conclusions due to the shortcomings of the existing datasets and tools, and how future research and conservation activities might help reduce such uncertainties. By bringing together the current scientific information on climate change and coastal ecological resource vulnerabilities in the Northeast, this review is intended primarily for resource managers who are charged with making practical decisions about land management.

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Final Report: Climate Change and Riverine Cold Water Fish Habitat in the Northeast: A Vulnerability Assessment Review

Report on distribution, ecology, and potential impacts from climate change on cold water fish habitat. Includes exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity analyses.

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Document: The Vulnerabilities of Northeastern Fish and Wildlife Habitats to Climate Change

Document: The Vulnerabilities of Northeastern Fish and Wildlife Habitats to Climate Change

A report to the Northeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the North Atlantic LCC from the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences and the National Wildlife Federation. One of three reports in a series on vulnerabilities to climate change of northeast fish and wildlife habitats.

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Excel Workbook: Attachment 13 to 'The Vulnerabilities of Northeastern Fish and Wildlife Habitats to Climate Change'.

Attachment 13 to 'The Vulnerabilities of Northeastern Fish and Wildlife Habitats to Climate Change'. This spreadsheet contains model results for all habitat types and zones analyzed in the report. Formulas support live updating of any parameters. For more detailed definitions of the numerical scores assigned to each module variable, see the individual habitat-zone analyses in the file 'HabitatVulnerabilityEvaluations-All.zip'. To find the overall vulnerability of a particular row, use the small matrix at right to match the Module 1 and 2 vulnerability values. For example, the Acadian-Appalachian Alpine Tundra - Zone 1 vulnerability scores are Vc4 and Vb5, which corresponds to an overall score of Vo5.

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Northeast Region Habitat Vulnerability Assessment and Climate Change Capacity Building Phase II

This report/proposal gives and overview of accomplishments during Phase I and anticipated next steps to be executed as part of Phase II.

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Model Results: Habitat Vulnerability Evaluations for 'The Vulnerabilities of Northeastern Fish and Wildlife Habitats to Climate Change'

Habitat vulnerability evaluations for the 10 habitats evaluated for each zone in which they were analyzed. The zip file contains a folder with one Excel workbook per habitat, including modules 1, 2, and 3 for each zone in which that habitat occurs.

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Document: 2012 2nd Qtr Progress Report

Update on the Manomet vulnerability project.

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Document: Sea Level Rise Peer Review Summary

Summary from peer review of the sea level rise vulnerability report

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Document: Cold Water Habitat Peer Review Summary

Summary from peer reviews of the Cold Water Habitat vulnerability report

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Evaluating the Vulnerabilities of Ecological Resources to Climate Change in the Northeast

To continue to conserve important and valued natural resources under climate change, it is critical that resource managers understand which resources may be particularly at risk (and which may be less at risk or may benefit), and how, exactly, they may be affected.

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