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A Climate-­Informed Conservation Blueprint for the Greater Puget Sound Ecoregion

Created: 4/01/2012 - Updated: 2/15/2019

Abstract

With the support of the Sierra Club, EcoAdapt and the Geos Institute partnered to create climate-informed conservation “blueprints” for western Washington in order to highlight and prioritize areas and actions likely to increase the success of conservation efforts in a rapidly changing climate. These maps identify areas that have particular ecological value and are predicted to have greater ecological stability or instability under changing climatic conditions. This information may be used to suggest priority areas and strategic conservation actions that, when combined, may provide species and ecosystems with a greater likelihood of persistence and function throughout the rapidly changing climate over the next 75 years. This report aims to provide guidance regarding the interpretation and implementation of the blueprint maps. It provides a brief overview of the methods used, describes broad patterns and key insights, suggests conservation strategies or actions, and discusses important limitations associated with the maps and results.

Published On

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Keywords

Region: 
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Air temperature
Biodiversity
Fire
Habitat extent
Invasive / non-native species, pests
Phenological shifts
Precipitation
Range shifts
Species of concern
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Capacity Building
Conduct / Gather additional research, data, and products
Create/enhance resources and tools
Climate Type: 
Temperate
Sociopolitical Setting: 
Urban
Rural
Suburban