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Inventory & Monitoring (I&M)

Climate Exposure of US National Parks
in a New Era of Change

Climate change is occurring at especially rapid rates in some areas of the U.S. In national parks, climate change challenges the ability of park managers to preserve natural and cultural resources. To understand the "climate change exposure" of national parks—that is, the magnitude and direction of ongoing changes in climate—the Inventory and Monitoring and Climate Change Response Programs investigated how recent climates compare to historical conditions. This recently published research (Monahan & Fisichelli 2014) updates the basic climate inventories for 289 national park units.

Source Publication:
Monahan WB, and NA Fisichelli. 2014. Climate exposure of US national parks in a new era of change. PLoS ONE 9(7): e101302. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0101302.
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