|Image courtesy of Swinomish Planning Dept|
Climate change is a major concern in the Pacific Northwest. The biodiverse and productive ecosystems of the Northwest have historically supported massive fisheries and major logging. Climate
change is projected to have major impacts on ecosystems across the Northwest; some of these projections to extremely biodiverse ecosystems are quickly becoming reality (Swinomish 2008, US Forest Service 2011).Native peoples are at the forefront of many of these concerns. Because of the important role that these ecosystems play in tribal community subsistence, economy, ceremony and society, climate change impacts to native ecosystems are of special concern to native peoples. The obligation of tribal governments to protect and manage natural resources on their lands has made climate change a major focus of many tribal management plans. Tribes have created scientific research and adaptation planning aimed at better understanding how climate change will impact culturally important species and ecosystems; native science and resource management brings together modern, western research with tribal science and philosophy in innovative ways to gain a better understanding of climate impacts and potential solutions. Looking to native research on climate change for evidence of climate impacts is a vital component of ensuring the continued health of biodiversity of Pacific Northwest ecosystems.
|Ocean Acidification Explained, courtesy of NOAA|
|From Battin et al. (2007): Projected changes in Chinook spawning salmon based on two climate models|