The final report detailing results of the Changing Climate-Biomes project is now available for download. Historical climate data and statistical clustering were used to define climate-biomes or "cliomes” – temperature and precipitation patterns which reflect assemblages of species and vegetation communities (biomes) that occur or might be expected to occur based on linkages with climate conditions. Modeled projections of future climate were used to show how these cliomes may spatially shift in coming decades.
This project was a collaborative effort with western Canada and Alaska partners. The results produced the first seamless assessment of historical and future climate patterns across the Alaska-Canada border. Modeling was conducted by the University of Alaska's Scenarios Network for Arctic Planning and the Ecological Wildlife Habitat Data Analysis for the Land and Seascape Laboratory. Funding was provided by the Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and The Nature Conservancy's Canada Program, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Government Canada and Government Northwest Territories.
The results provide managers, researchers and others with a new way to evaluate how predicted changes in temperature and precipitation patterns may effect the landscape. When linking the data from this project to change thresholds for species or communities, managers and researchers will now be able to better determine if the predicted climate changes in regions of Alaska or the Yukon and Northwest Territories are of concern. To access the data generated in this project, please contact Nancy Fresco at firstname.lastname@example.org 907-474-2405. Data will be posted on the SNAP website soon.