Climate change and the extreme weather associated with it can be a major challenge to landowners and land managers interested in the protection, restoration, recovery, and management of wetlands and wildlife habitats. The Midwest is not only experiencing an increase in average temperatures and precipitation, but also an increase in the frequency of extreme events, such as heat, floods, and drought. Forecasting the potential impacts of the changes over the next 25 to 50 years will be important for decision makers and landowners seeking to minimize the impacts to infrastructure and to the habitats themselves and prepare for the future. By providing maps of watersheds and protected areas at greatest risk of increased flooding, sedimentation and eutrophication, now and in the future, decision makers, landowners and land managers can consider options for modifying resource allocation, management strategies and/or changing infrastructure to provide protection for trust resources.
John T. Delaney, Kristen L. Bouska, Josh D. Eash, Patricia J. Heglund, Andrew J. Allstadt. Mapping climate change vulnerability of aquatic-riparian ecosystems using decision-relevant indicators. Ecological Indicators 125 (June 2021). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2021.107581