Effects in Parks

Fish pond wall along Hawaiian coast
Constructed fish pond wall at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, Hawaii.

NPS photo

National parks are ideal outdoor classrooms for learning about climate change. They are living laboratories where scientific study can help better understand its impacts.

In some parks, the melting of glaciers and thawing of permafrost are visible. Along the coast, many parks grapple with sea level rise. And in many Western parks, tree mortality and wildfire activity are on the rise. Science helps document the many ways climate change manifests across the National Park System.

Every year brings new publications that improve our understanding of parks in a warming world. But science does more than just document change. It can also provide important insights on potential solutions for the future.

Last updated: March 31, 2021


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