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Dennis Ojima Co-Leads Colorado Climate Change Vulnerability Report

Feb 12, 2015

Dennis Ojima, the CSU director for the North Central Climate Science Center, recently co-led a team of researchers in the publication of the Colorado Climate Change Vulnerability Report. The paper is the result of collaboration between the University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado State University, and the Colorado Energy Office aimed at exposing state-wide vulnerabilities to climate change.

The report highlights the challenges that residents and resource managers will face in the coming years, focusing in particular on how changes in water availability and temperature could impact agriculture, ranching, recreation, and human health across the state. The report also details steps that Coloradans are taking to address changes in the local environment and where other tools and strategies might help to reduce climate-related risk.

This research is an important component of mitigating and adapting to a changing climate, particularly in a state whose economy is as diverse as Colorado’s. According to Ojima, “as we assess impacts on various communities, we find that sectors are affected differently. For example, droughts would affect streams and fisheries differently than agriculture or energy producers.” Understanding vulnerabilities across sectors could give Coloradans a step-up in preparing for changes to come.

Dennis Ojima is a Professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, a Senior Research Scientist in the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory in the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University, and the CSU Director for the North Central Climate Science Center. His work at the Center looks at adaptation and mitigation strategies to climate change with a particular focus on capacity building among DOI and tribal resource managers.

For more information on the topic and to download a PDF of the report, click here.