National Park Service

Greater Yellowstone Network (GRYN)

Monitoring Ecological Response to Climate Change

Alpine lake in Grand Teton
Alpine lake in Grand Teton.

Resource Briefs

Strategy Documents

Related Information

For more information contact: Kristin Legg

As climate changes over the next 100 years, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) and the Bighorn Basin areas may experience warmer temperatures and reduced annual precipitation, including a decrease in annual snowpack. These climate shifts are projected to cause changes in ecosystem functions and species distributions. In order to help managers anticipate, identify, and address climate-related changes that could affect park resources, the GRYN, Rocky Mountain (ROMN) and Upper Columbia Basin (UCBN) networks prepared a High Elevation Climate Change Response Strategy in 2010 that adds emphasis to the monitoring and analysis of climate data, snowpack, and land surface phenology as well as climate-threatened species and communities including pika, alpine vegetation, and five-needle pine. Network ecologists are partnering with U.S. Geological Survey scientists on a detailed study to understand how changes in climate may impact stream and wetland resources throughout the GYE. The network participates through the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative to understand how climate change may impact systems beyond the GYE. To help communicate these efforts, a resource brief describes how the network may detect future climate change impacts through existing monitoring and a video describes climate change response monitoring across the high elevation parks.

Climate Change & the Greater Yellowstone Area

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