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Response of western mountain ecosystems to climatic variability and change: the Western Mountain Initative

Author(s): Nathan L. Stephenson, David L. Peterson, Daniel B. Fagre, Craig D. Allen, Donald McKenzie, Jill Baron
Year Published: 2006
Description:

Mountain ecosystems within our national parks and other protected areas provide valuable goods and services such as clean water, biodiversity conservation, and recreational opportunities, but their potential responses to expected climatic changes are inadequately understood. The Western Mountain Initiative (WMI) is a collaboration of scientists whose research focuses on understanding and predicting responses of western mountain ecosystems to climatic variability and change. It is a legacy of the Global Change Research Program initiated by the National Park Service (NPS) in 1991 and continued by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to this day as part of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (http://www.climatescience.gov/).

Citation: Stephenson, Nate; Peterson, Dave; Fagre, Dan; Allen, Craig; McKenzie, Don; Baron, Jill. 2006. Response of western mountain ecosystems to climatic variability and change: the Western Mountain Initative. Park Science. 24(1): 24-29.
Topic(s): Fire & Climate
Ecosystem(s): Subalpine wet spruce-fir forest, Subalpine dry spruce-fir forest, Montane wet mixed-conifer forest, Montane dry mixed-conifer forest
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 8157
FRAMES RCS number: 6652
Record updated: Apr 19, 2017