Many groups and agencies around the Crown of the Continent are conducting research and developing innovative ways to adapt to climate variabilities. This page serves two purposes 1. showcase those existing efforts and 2. act as an emerging clearinghouse of resources.
If you know of a resource or project that is not listed on this page, please send us an email (shawn[at]cnrep[dot]org).
Bibliography Project - Climate Adaptation
The Crown of the Continent Conservation Initiative (CCCI) is building a database of references pertinent to climate change impacts and approaches toward adaptation. Learn more. View the database.
Climate Mapping - Crown of the Continent
This tool, from ClimateChangeMT.org, allows users to explore the ways in which climate change in the Crown of the Continent will affect future average high and low temperatures, the number of days with snow on the ground, growing season, and a number of other variables.
The climate scenarios were developed by Professor Steve Running and his graduates students at the University of Montana in 2010. The mapping tool was created by the Northern Rockies office of The Wilderness Society. Ann Carlson (Anne_Carlson[at]tws[dot]org) has given permission to include this link as a demonstration of embeddable tools for large landscape exploration. View mapping tool.
The Future of Flora: The Impacts of Climate Change on the Flora of the Canadian Southern Rocky Mountain Region and its Value to Conservation
The physical and biological diversity, as well as naturalness and geographic location. make the Canadian Crown of the Continent highly resilient to the impacts of climate change. Conserving and protecting this diversity and naturalness will be increasingly important as climate change progresses. Read full report.
The Future of Freshwater: The Impacts of Climate Change on Freshwater in British Columbia's Flathead Watershed and Alberta's Upper Castle River Sub-basin
An assessment of the current abiotic and biotic conditions in these two watersheds was conducted in order to determine how they might respond to climate changes through the year 2080. Read full report.
Northwest Climate Change Monitoring and Conservation
This report lists the focal species and objectives for Fish Wildlife and Parks' monitoring program. It also maps out threats and monitoring funds for focus species. Read full report.
A New Climate for Conservation: Nature, Carbon, and Climate Change in British Columbia
This Executive Summary is based on a technical study commissioned by the Working Group on Biodiversity, Forests and Climate. The hope is that this document will be an important contribution to current approaches to conservation and climate action planning in British Columbia. Read the Executive Summary. Read the full technical report.
Potential Impacts of and Adaptation to Future Climate Change for Crop Farms: A Case Study of Flathead Valley Montana
Objectives of this report include 1. assess impacts of climate change on net farm income and 2. determine whether adapting crop production systems to climate change leads to increased or decreased net farm incomes. Read full report.
Sun River Management Analysis
Information detailed in this report includes river operation modeling, stream gauges, and other information necessary for water supply forecasting. Read full report.
Supplement to Sun River Managment Analysis
This report updates and revises information presented in the report listed above. Most of the revisions are related to expanded inflows to Gibson Reservoir, effects of recent fires on Gibson Reservoir inflows, forecasting inflows to Gibson Reservoir, and reservoir operations. Read full report.
Swan Ecosystem Center - Annual Report
In 2012-13, Swan Ecosystem Center was able to work collaboratively with Swan Valley residents and contractors, and many agencies and nonprofit groups, to carry out a wide array of stewardship, restoration, and education activities that help to ensure that people can thrive within an intact ecosystem. Read full report.
Workshop on Climate Change Scenario Planning for the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem
This report describes two major elements of the Crown of the Continent Climate Change Scenario Planning (C4SP) project 1. the process of integrating scientific research with expert judgment and local knowledge that led to the scenario narratives prior to the workshop and 2. workshop results. Read workshop summary report. Attachments 1 - 5. Attachments 6 - 12.