• 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

  • Climate Change and the Chihuahuan Desert

    Smith Springs is one of many springs that serve as a water source for plants & animals in the CHDN.

    The Chihuahuan Desert Network is currently developing protocols to monitor several vital signs that may reflect current and future impacts of climate change. This brief offers a summary of how Chihuahuan Desert Network monitoring will detect future change. Read more

  • Climate Change in the Southern Plains Network

    Russian knapweed (Acroptilon repens) is an invasive plant that has invaded the Southern Plains

    Climate change may have direct and/or indirect effects on many elements of Southern Plains network ecosystems, from streams and grasslands to fires and birds. Read more

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