Watershed Control of Hydrologic Sources and Thermal Conditions in SW Alaska Streams: A Framework for Forecasting Effects of Changing Climate
The magnitude of the temperature and hydrologic impact will depend on geomorphology and landscape features specific to individual streams and the model we develop will enable these projections. Given the cultural, economic and ecological importance of aquatic resources in Western Alaska, there is pressing need to develop scenarios of the trajectories and magnitude of climate driven changes to aquatic ecosystems in this region. This research will inform efforts to develop management strategies for adapting to future warmer climates and to protect the aquatic resources of the region. Because so many terrestrial species are dependent on salmon-derived resources in this region, our work will also be important for understanding the future impacts of climate change on species and habitats dependent on the annual influx of marine-derived resources.