The Impacts of Storm Surges on Breeding Waterbirds on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska: Past Effects and Future Predicted Impacts
Additionally, to determine potential impacts of future storms, habitat suitability maps for breeding waterbirds will be developed that identify current waterbird breeding habitat and distributions. These maps can then be used with future projected impacts of coastal storm surges under climate change to locate areas at risk and likely refugia. Combined, results will inform management decisions related to designing and monitoring surveys, regulating both sport and subsistence harvest, conserving endangered species, and preserving at risk habitats. Furthermore, understanding potential impacts of future storms to waterbirds will be valuable to native villagers who depend on this resource for subsistence purposes.