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

Created: 4/01/2012 -

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.

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Organization(s)

EcoAdapt is at the center of climate change adaptation innovation. We provide support, training, and assistance to make conservation and management less vulnerable and more Climate Savvy. Over the past 200 years, great strides have been made in the world of conservation and now all of that is at risk because of climate change. EcoAdapt is working to ensure the success of these past efforts by delivering a framework for climate adaptation.

Keywords

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