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Modeling the Effects of Climate and Land Use Change on Crucial Wildlife Habitat

Modeling the Effects of Environmental Change on Crucial Wildlife Habitat
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Colleen Caldwell


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Changing temperature and precipitation patterns in the South Central U.S are already having an impact on wildlife. Hotter and drier conditions are prompting some species to move in search of cooler conditions, while other species are moving into warmer areas that were once unsuitable for them. These changes in the distribution of wildlife populations present challenges for wildlife managers, hunters, tribal communities, and others who are making decisions about wildlife stewardship. This project examined the effect of shifting climate conditions on 20 species of conservation concern in the South Central United States. These species, which include the black-tailed prairie dog and the lesser prairie-chicken, were selected according [...]

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The project team will select focal species according to several criteria, including their expected sensitivity to climatic change, and will develop bioclimate-envelope models using species occurrence datasets. Climate and land use datasets projected according to IPCC emissions scenarios through 2100 will be used to assess the potential future distributions of these focal species and of large unfragmented areas, respectively. Maps of alternative future distributions of species and unfragmented areas for comparison to present day crucial habitat will be incorporated into the publicly accessible web-based viewer for the New Mexico (NM) state-level CHAT (Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool). The outcome will be a novel framework for developing multi-state models of biota distribution in a climate change context and integrating them into a decision support system.

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