The ABMI will wrap-up our 3-year collaborative Biodiversity Management and Climate Change Adaptation project at the end of June 2015. This project has examined the potential impacts of climate change on Alberta’s biodiversity and developed knowledge and tools to support the management of Alberta’s species and ecosystems in a changing climate.
We’ve delved into a wide range of topics, including:
- the vulnerability of over 170 species to climate change in Alberta,
- the predicted changes to the distributions of Alberta’s ecosystems,
- the impacts of extreme weather events on Burrowing Owls and Ferruginous Hawks,
- the use of assisted migration of rare plants as a climate change conservation strategy, and
- the uncertainty associated with projected changes in boreal songbird abundance and distribution, among others.
Now, we’re pleased to share a new video featuring the research of our collaborators Erin Bayne, Scott Nielsen, and Jennine Pedersen from the University of Alberta, recently released by our project sponsor, the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC). Alberta’s climate is predicted to become hotter, drier, and more prone to severe weather events. Learn what we’ve discovered so far about what these changes will mean for our species, ecosystems and communities, and how we can respond.
To celebrate the completion of the project and to share our research, we are hosting a symposium: Understanding and Responding to the Impacts of Climate Change on Alberta’s Biodiversity on June 17, 2015 at the University of Alberta. This engaging morning of presentations is designed for scientists, planners, policy developers, and researchers from government, universities or non-governmental organizations interested in understanding the potential impacts of climate change on Alberta’s biodiversity and identifying adaptive responses. Online registration is requested by June 10.