Response of western mountain ecosystems to climatic variability and change: The Western Mountain Initiative

Mountain Views
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Abstract

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/). All WMI scientists are active participants in CIRMOUNT, and seek to further its goals.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Response of western mountain ecosystems to climatic variability and change: The Western Mountain Initiative
Series title Mountain Views
Volume 1
Issue 1
Year Published 2007
Language English
Publisher Consortium for Integrated Climate Research in Western Mountains
Contributing office(s) Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center, Fort Collins Science Center
Description 6 p.
First page 4
Last page 9
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N