• Two scientists on a glacier.

    Climate Change

Effects in Parks

Fish pond wall along Hawaiian coast

Constructed fish pond wall at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, Hawaii.

NPS photo

Our national parks are a testament to the reality of climate change. Disappearing glaciers, shifting migration patterns for alpine birds, coastal erosion of historic places ... these are many ways that we see the effects of climate change. Our national parks are laboratories for good science and informed management decisions and also for educating the public about how climate change affects us by impacting places we care about. National parks teach us how climate change worked in the past and how it affects us today and can give us insight into ways to protect these special places in the future.

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  • Mount Rainier National Park

    Aggredation, Avulsion, and the Historic Nisqually Road at Mount Rainier

    Glacier at Mount Rainier

    Climate change is making the glaciers at Mount Rainier recede, leading to effects downstream in the waterways alongside the park's historic roads. Find out about techniques used by park staff to adapt to climate change, and preserve the cultural landscape in the process. Read more

  • Cape Krusenstern National Monument

    Capturing History in the Beach Ridges of Cape Krusenstern

    Archeologist scoops soil from an excavated unit.

    Archeological resources at Cape Krusenstern tell about climatic impacts on the earliest Americans and the ancestors of Eskimo societies still living in the region. Learn about the ways that modern climate change affects the beach ridges, endangering the human stories they hold. Read more

  • Assateague Island National Seashore

    Changing Landscapes on Assateague Island

    Three horses standing in dune grass

    The effects of climate change, such as rising sea levels and intensifying storms, will alter the landscape at Assateague Island National Seashore and affect the access and experience that visitors enjoy today. Park staff are working to adapt, restore, and protect island resources. Read more

  • Bandelier National Monument

    Fire, Soil, and Preserving History at Bandelier

    The village of Tyuonyi

    At Bandelier, park staff help archeological sites to resist climate change by slowing the factors that exacerbate the effects of climate change. Find out how park staff use the land to help sites adapt to climate effects. Read more

  • Glacier National Park

    Ice Patch Archeology and Paleoecology at Glacier National Park

    An archeologist excavates through glacial ice.

    Recent dramatic changes brought to the alpine and subalpine areas at Glacier have caused an imbalance to a natural ecological system used and maintained by tribal ancestors since time immemorial. They face permanent loss of cultural and natural resources, which the National Park Service is working with tribes to preserve and protect. Archeologists are recovering artifacts and cultural sites endangered by receding glaciers as the climate changes. Read more