I was just hired to identify and design wetland restoration projects in the Midwest, and a smart-ass friend of mine said “Hey, don’t forget to include climate change!” and forwarded me that haiku summary of the latest IPCC report. So I looked at them.
There’s lots about rising seas and glaciers melting, which don’t really apply in my area. Then there’s lots of stuff about warming, CO2, how it’ll go on for centuries, and how models are improving. Great, but I don’t know what to do with that. Wet will get wetter and dry drier—does that mean my wetland areas will be getting wetter? Will that make them a lake? I considered reading the more technical “Summary for Policy Makers,” but am I likely to get anything more relevant than what’s in the haikus? If not, where can I go to get the information I need to include climate change in my restoration work? And what does it mean to “include climate change” in my restoration work anyway?
As you may have guessed, I don’t have the time to do lots of reading and digging around, don’t have the budget to attend all kinds of meetings and conferences, and have to get a first round of proposed restoration projects to my boss for approval within the year.
Dazed and Confused