Climate Effects on the Pacific Coastal Temperate Rainforest of North America





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Published on Jun 6, 2012

April 18, 2012 - Session developed by Tom Ainsworth (NOAA Weather Service) and Eran Hood (U. of Alaska Southeast). Presentations by Nicolas Bond (U. of Washington), Roman Motyka (U. of Alaska Southeast), Paul Hennon (USFS PNW Research Station), and Phil Mundy (NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center)

Session Abstract: The vertical extent of the coastal temperate rainforest and the interactions between the ocean, atmosphere, and coastal mountain ranges results in a large number of climate zones and ecosystems over a relatively small area. The number of ecotones and the sharp gradients between them lead to highly interactive ecosystems including icefields, steep forested hillsides, glacier fed and freshwater streams, wetlands, estuaries, and deep fjords. This session will look at the Tongass region as a whole and describe these closely connected physical and biological systems, how they interact with each other, and how a changing climate will alter the delicate and dependent balance between these systems. Potential societal impacts of a changing climate will be offered followed by an open discussion on how people perceive the changes and how society should respond to them. The main themes of this session are: climate drivers of the Tongass, the historical evolution of Alaska's glaciers, the effects of climate on vegetation, the effects of climate on marine ecosystems, and the public response.

This video is from a symposium in Juneau, Alaska from April 17-20, 2012 titled Coastal Temperate Rainforests: Integrating Science, Resource Management, and Communities. The Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center (ACRC) would like to thank all sponsors, speakers, and participants for making the symposium a success. Additional information about the symposium can be found on the ACRC website: http://acrc.alaska.edu/acrc_sw/sympos...

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