from a Watchdog in the Coquille Valley
I want to thank you again for your participation last year in the Coquille Estuary Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Project. Since the April meeting, the project steering committee and key researchers have been working to complete several of the products-- and they are now available on the new project website (a copy and paste link is below).
We hope that these initial products will start to provide relevant climate change vulnerability information that you can use for natural resource management. The products include an online GIS data and mapping tool (no software purchase required), and two reports exploring past and future climate change and related threats to the Coquille region. We will also soon post a video
of presentations from two research teams working on sea level rise at Bandon Marsh NWR. Stay tuned for that announcement.
Our next step is to draft a vulnerability assessment for the estuary’s ecosystems and natural resources, and convene an expert panel this Spring to further evaluate the vulnerability of habitats and species. (The panel will use the climate change information from the reports and data on the AcrGIS platform). Some of you will receive invitations as a species, habitat or ecology expert—but feel free to contact me sooner if you’d like to participate or have any questions.
New Reports and Resources
-->Climate Change and the Lower Coquille Watershed, Oregon Climate Change Research Institute
-->Coquille River Basin Stream Temperature Assessment, Water Resources, US Fish and Wildlife Service
-->Climate Change Information Summary Table (summarizes information from the first two reports)
-->Coquille River Basin Mapping Resources: Accessing data and maps, creating maps, and adding your data in ArcGIS.com
Upcoming Project Activities
-->Expert panel assessment of climate threats to habitats and selected, key species (Spring, 2013)
-->Final Vulnerability Assessment report (Spring/Summer, 2013)
The background reading and resources, and presentations from the April 18, 2012 workshop in Bandon are still available on the workshop support web page reachable from the project web page above.
The project is co-led by EcoAdapt, The Nature Conservancy, the Oregon Coastal Management Program of the Oregon Dept. of Land Conservation and Development, and the Coastal Program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Many other organizations and entities have participated through workshops and other means.
Thank you for your continued interest in the Lower Coquille Estuary Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Project and please let me know if you have any questions or comments about the products on the website.
Copy and paste address for new project website:
Eric Mielbrecht -- Eric Mielbrecht, Directing Scientist & Director of Operations
P.O Box 11195
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Direct: +1 206 201 3244, Main Office: +1 206 201 3834
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