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Welcome to the Climate Change Sensitivity Database.

Climate changes poses a daunting challenge to natural resource managers and in response the University of Washington has partnered with key collaborators to conduct a climate change sensitivity assessment. This assessment is designed to evaluate the sensitivity of the species and ecological systems of the Pacific Northwest to climate change.

This digital database summarizes the inherent climate-change sensitivities for species and habitats of concern throughout the Pacific Northwest and will provide resource managers and decision makers with some of the most basic and most important information about how species and systems will likely respond to climate change.

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Recent Science Updates

  • Rapid Range Shifts of Species Associated with High Levels of Climate Warming

    Science 19 August 2011: Vol. 333 no. 6045 pp. 1024-1026 DOI: 10.1126/science.1206432
    I-Ching Chen, Jane K. Hill, Ralf Ohlemüller, David B. Roy, Chris D. Thomas

  • Climate change will substantially decrease the duration and thickness of wintertime ice cover on many North American lakes.

    Seasonal or year-round ice cover is crucial for the health of lakes located in cold environs, but looks set to decline with continued emissions of carbon dioxide.

  • Cheatgrass on the move - climate envelope modeling

    Grist article highlighting some climate envelope modeling on cheat grass – contraction in the southern range (potential for restoration?), expansion in the northern range (triage?)…

    Will climate change hasten the spread of invasive plants?
    by Seth Shulman
    4 Jan 2011 11:43 AM

  • Many Coastal Wetlands likely to Disappear this Century

    AGU Release No. 10–41 1 December 2010

    Many coastal wetlands worldwide, including several on the U.S. Atlantic coast, may be more sensitive than previously thought to climate change and sea-level rise projections for the 21st century.

    Scientists engaged in an international research modeling effort have made this conclusion in a paper published today in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union. The researchers identified conditions under which coastal wetlands could survive rising sea level.

  • Winners: Arctic Shrubs Thrive with Warming

    The following is from the Journal Nature (466: p. 534 Date published (29 July 2010)

    "Unlike most tundra plant species, Arctic evergreen shrubs seem to be resilient to climate change. James Hudson and Greg Henry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver were surprised to find that increases of 1–1.3 °C did not affect the height or abundance of shrub species, including the Arctic white heather Cassiope tetragona, during a 15-year Arctic study.