CIG Aquatic Ecosystem Management Guidebook

Full Title

Aquatic Ecosystem Management Under a Changing Climate in the Pacific Northwest: A Handbook for Managers

Project Overview

The need to adapt natural resource management to the expected impacts of climate change is well recognized by agencies and organizations across the Pacific Northwest. This recognition has led institutions including the United States Forest Service (USFS) and others to develop polices that require adaptation at regional and sub-regional scales. Yet much of the guidance from within these same institutions and within the adaptation literature more broadly, tends to be limited to principle-based, general recommendations (i.e. increase resilience, foster habitat connectivity, engage stakeholders).

This project builds on existing approaches to adaptation planning and surveys of USFS aquatic habitat managers and scientists in the Pacific Northwest to develop a resource-specific guide for:

  1. identifying and synthesizing existing information about climate impacts in order to assess the sensitivity of aquatic habitats to climate change,
  2. evaluating the resource’s climate change-related adaptive capacity,
  3. identifying priority planning areas, goals and actions related to preparing for climate change, and
  4. developing measures of resilience to track progress and update plans over time.

By recognizing that ‘adaptation actions’ are often the same as existing management actions with some adjustments, this handbook focuses on the potential of currently used management actions to reduce specific impacts of climate change. A second main focus is to provide an approach for prioritizing these actions across the landscape in ways that take expected climate impacts, sensitivities of key resource objectives, and other key factors, into account. This handbook provides readers with information and an overarching framework to support the integration of expected climate impacts into near-term decisions affecting aquatic ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest.

Key Personnel

* Indicates CIG Personnel or CIG Affiliate(s)

  • Amy Snover (Principal Investigator), University of Washington*
  • Shannon Hagerman, Univeristy of British Columbia*
  • Guillaume Mauger, University of Washington*
  • Ingrid Tohver, University of Washington*
  • Ronda Strauch, University of Washington*

Key Collaborators

U.S. Forest Service Region 6


U.S. Forest Service Region 6

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