Modeling future climate, vegetation, and hydrology in the Pacific Northwest
Regional climate projections can provide information on likely future changes in climate, ecosystems, and water resources at useful scales.
In the Pacific Northwest, average temperatures are projected to increase by at least two and up to 15° F by end of the century, dependent on future greenhouse gas emissions levels. Winters are expected to become wetter and summers drier,
Because the impacts of
The result was a series of publicly-available datasets that can be used to develop strategies for reducing the impacts of climate change specific to the region’s ecosystems, agricultural systems, and built environments. For example, the data can be used to understand how the number of frost-free days and minimum average winter temperatures might change— information that can help forest managers project changes in pest populations such as the mountain pine beetle, which are typically killed by freezing temperatures. The data can also help managers identify forests and grasslands that are most vulnerable to climate change, enabling them to prioritize investments to increase the