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Predicting the vulnerability of nearshore species and habitats to climate change effects


Conservation Planning and Design, Vulnerability Assessment

The primary objective of the research is to develop a rule-based decision support system to predict the relative vulnerability of nearshore species to climate change. The approach is designed to be applicable to fishes and invertebrates with limited data by predicting risk from readily available data, including species’ biogeographic distributions and natural history attributes. By evaluating multiple species and climate stressors, the approach allows an assessment of climate vulnerability across habitat types and the impact of specific climate alterations as well as their cumulative impact.

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Start Date 6/30/2011

End Date 12/31/2013

Project Status Completed


Fiscal Year Funded 2011

Project Managers Deborah Reusser - USGS, Western Fisheries Research Center

Partners US Fish and Wildlife Service , EPA

Geographic Area Alaska, British Columbia, California, NPLCC Wide, Oregon, Washington