Climate change will affect our parks in many different ways, most of which are not yet well understood. As land stewards, we have the responsibility to plan for these changes as best we can so that the complex mix of natural and cultural features is preserved for future generations.
One way to plan for the future is to engage in scientific studies that examine the vulnerability of our resources to the effects of a changing climate. The Center for Urban Ecology supports a variety of studies in NCR parks in collaboration with universities and federal partners.
These studies not only help us to better understand how climate change affects our parks, but they also allow our parks to serve as a valuable resource for drawing broader conclusions about our future.