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DOINews: SE and NE CSCs Host Climate Change Meeting for NWR Managers
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The Southeast and Northeast Climate Science Centers (CSCs) held an ‘Impacts of Climate Change' meeting for National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) leaders from Alligator River, Cape Romain, and Blackwater NWRs at the Alligator River NWR on March 5-6, 2014.
During the meeting, CSC scientists listened and learned about refuge managers' greatest challenges for NWR adaptation to global change (e.g. sea level rise, habitat loss, saltwater intrusion, etc.) and the type of science that could assist them with the management decisions they must make. Refuge participants identified a common decision problem that has two components: minimize or reduce the rate of change to valued resources (can be thought of in terms of habitat (e.g., wetlands) or animals using habitat); and develop a dynamic reserve design strategy for long-term adaptation to sea level rise and other global change stressors. Using structured decision making methods, the SE and NE CSCs will continue to work with managers to identify and respond to their science needs.
Scientists and National Wildlife Refuge Managers who participated in the ‘Impacts of Climate Change' meeting, including NE CSC Director Mary Ratnaswamy (second from left) and SE CSC Director Jerry McMahon (second from right) (Photo Credit: Mary Ratnaswamy, NE CSC).