The Washington-British Columbia Transboundary Climate Connectivity Project: Climate impacts and adaptation actions for wildlife habitat connectivity in the transboundary region of Washington and British Columbia

Meade Krosby, Meade Krosby, J. Michalak, T.O. Robbins, Harriet Morgan, Robert Norheim, Guillaume Mauger, and T. Murdock
Created: 6/09/2016 - Updated: 11/06/2018

Abstract

The Washington-British Columbia Transboundary Climate-Connectivity Project was initiated to help address these challenges. The region spanning the border of Washington state, USA, and British Columbia, Canada, faces increasing development pressure and limited transboundary coordination of land and wildlife management, both of which may threaten habitat connectivity and limit the potential for wildlife movement in response to change. In addition, the effects of climate change may further reduce habitat connectivity, and species may need novel types of habitat connectivity to complete adaptive range shifts. This project paired scientists and practitioners from both sides of the border to collaboratively identify potential climate impacts and adaptation actions for transboundary habitat connectivity, using a diverse suite of case study species, a vegetation system, and a region.

Case study assessments revealed that climate change is likely to have significant implications for transboundary habitat connectivity. The adaptation actions identified to address potential impacts varied by case study, but fell into two general categories: those addressing potential climate impacts on existing habitat connectivity and those addressing novel habitat connectivity needs for climate-induced shifts in species ranges. In addition, project partners identified priority spatial locations for implementing these actions, as well as additional research needed to improve assessment of climate impacts and adaptation actions for habitat connectivity.

Published On

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Keywords

Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Air temperature
Habitat extent
Range shifts
Species of concern
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Enhance migration corridors and other connectivity measures
Create new refugia / Increase size and amount of protected areas
Climate Type: 
Temperate
Sociopolitical Setting: 
Urban
Rural
Suburban