A Tool for Managing Parks into an Uncertain Future
The National Park Service uses scenario planning as a tool to prepare for the long-range impacts of climate change on our natural and cultural resources. The process involves using current climate change projections to develop possible climate and ecological futures. Managers work through a variety of options for the future and develop responses and action plans to be used in each situation. Scenario planning allows park managers to plan for an uncertain future and utilize actions most likely to be beneficial. This is a new approach to managing our resources, so the NPS Climate Change Response Program is hosting workshops to teach NPS staff how to create these scenarios and responses for their own parks.