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Special Issue of Yellowstone Science Focuses on Climate Change

In its very first issue in 1992, Yellowstone Science explored possible impacts of changing climate scenarios in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. This month, the publication has released a special issue dedicated specifically to climate research, with contributions from more than 20 researchers across disciplines. Articles focus on snowpack, bird population vulnerability, and loss of ice patches in the region.

Contributors to this special edition include: Andy Hansen, co-lead of the impacts and vulnerabilities team at the North Central Climate Science Center and the Principle Investigator on an NC CSC project in the Greater Yellowstone area; Andrea Ray, a co-investigator on an NC CSC management-directed project looking at scaling climate change adaptation; and CSU Professor William Romme who authored the magazine’s first story on climate change 23 years ago.

In the issue's feature article, Drs. William Romme (CSU) and Monica Turner (U. Wisconsin) discuss changes in climate science over the last two decades, citing both the continued uncertainty in drivers like precipitation, as well as the increased climate certainty that has been a byproduct of vigorous research and monitoring. The authors continue to discuss other considerations from their 1992 article, including changing fire regimes, plant productivity, and carbon storage in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. They conclude by stating that “the need to design creative, long-term monitoring programs sensitive to indications of ecological change is more important now than ever before,” particularly because “the Yellowstone ecosystem now appears less resilient to future change than we thought.”

To download this and other articles in the April 2015 special climate change issue of Yellowstone Science, click here