Moving Toward Climate Change Adaptation: The Promise of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative for Addressing the Region’s Vulnerability to Climate Disruption

Edited by: Lisa Graumlich and Wendy L. Francis
Created: 7/14/2014 -


The purpose of this report is to provide an up-to-date review of the extent to which climate change is occurring in the Y2Y region, and to assess the appropriateness of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative’s vision and programs as a response to climate disruption. Even the most optimistic models forecast that if greenhouse-gas emissions could be reined in today, and climate change mitigation efforts optimized, the momentum of global climate change could not be stopped for at least another century. All life on the planet today will be challenged by a future that has no analog in the past. In this brave new reality, life will persist in flux, with many species going extinct and many ecosystems pushed to the brink of wholesale collapse.In the absence of substantial reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions, the climate of the Y2Y region will very likely see accelerated warming and  changes in precipitation. The climates of the Y2Y region already have changed beyond the limits of historic variation. These climatic changes are having ecological impacts; and continued changes, especially warming, will have long-term, unprecedented future impacts.


Multilateral / Transboundary
Sector Addressed
Conservation / Restoration
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Air temperature
Invasive / non-native species, pests
Species of concern
Water supply
Water temperature
Habitat/Biome Type
North America