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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  • 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

  • One result of climate change may be more, larger  floods, like this flash flood in Glen Canyon NRA

    The combination of high. elevation and a semi-arid climate makes the Colorado Plateau particularly vulnerable to climate change. Climate models predict that over the next 100 years, the Southwest will become warmer and even more arid, with more extreme droughts than the region has experienced in the recent past. Read more

  • composite of two aerial images of a river, with one containing substantially more trees in the image

    The vast landscapes of interior Alaska are changing: Large glaciers are melting and rapidly receding up valleys, ancient permafrost is degrading and turning frozen soils into soupy gelatin, woody vegetation is spreading dramatically into open areas, and boreal ponds and wetlands are shrinking. Read more

  • tiny gray rabbit-like creature sitting on a rock

    Collared pikas are small mammals within the same order as rabbits and hares, and they resemble small rabbits with very short ears and small limbs. Adapted to thrive at high elevations in Alaska, their habitat is at risk -- climate change may drastically change the fragile environment in which they live. Read more

  • a sled and dog team in a forest with thin snow cover on the ground

    In a personal reflection from over fifty years of living in Bush Alaska, the Collins sisters catalog weather extremes, drying lakes, scanty snowfall, and more. Along the way, they try to reason out if these changes are from natural fluctuations or man-made global changes. Read more

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