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Predicting the effects of climate change on ecosystems and wildlife habitat in northwest Alaska: results from the WildCast project

Alaska Park Science

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Abstract

We used a modeling framework and a recent ecological land classification and land cover map to predict how ecosystems and wildlife habitat in northwest Alaska might change in response to increasing temperature. Our results suggest modest increases in forest and tall shrub ecotypes in Northwest Alaska by the end of this century thereby increasing habitat for forest-dwelling and shrub-using birds and mammals. Conversely, we predict declines in several more open low shrub, tussock, and meadow ecotypes favored by many waterbird, shorebird, and small mammal species.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Predicting the effects of climate change on ecosystems and wildlife habitat in northwest Alaska: results from the WildCast project
Series title:
Alaska Park Science
Volume
12
Issue:
2
Year Published:
2014
Language:
English
Publisher:
National Park Service
Contributing office(s):
Alaska Regional Director's Office
Description:
8 p.
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Alaska Park Science
First page:
66
Last page:
73
Country:
United States
State:
Alaska