Park-specific Climate Science

On this page, you'll find a selection of panels and links feauturing publications with climate science related to the national park unit of your choice. Or, use this link to skip down the page to view panels with park-specific information for four nationwide climate change projects.

Park-specific panels

To find park-specific climate change information about an NPS site, check out the panels and links below. Each dropdown panel shows assorted climate change publications and articles relevant to that particular national park.

Beyond the national parks listed on this page, the NPS manages hundreds more units of other types including national monuments, recreation areas, seashores, historical parks, etc. You'll find these units listed on the regional pages linked below, which are subsequently organized by state. Browsing these pages will allow you to easily view publications from your site of interest or from nearby sites that may also be of relevance. (National parks are included again on these regional pages for completeness.) Not all park units or climate change information is included yet, but more will be added in the future!

For access to additional climate-related information, search for climate change in the NPS Data Store and specify the unit of your choice. Be advised that additional climate-related research may be found through third-party academic search engines, such as ResearchGate and Google Scholar.

Park-specific climate science, sorted by region

Northeast and National Capital Regions
Southeast Region
Midwest Region
Intermountain Region
Pacific West Region
Alaska Region


Park-specific climate science for national parks

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Source: Data Store Collection 7788 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Project-specific panels

These four panels contain in-depth information from various servicewide NPS climate change research projects. Each panel has links to the project homepage as well as park-specific impact briefs listed in alphabetical order.

Projected Effects of Climate Change on Birds in U.S. National Parks

Birds in U.S. national parks find strong protection from many longstanding and pervasive threats, but remain highly exposed to effects of ongoing climate change. As climate in a particular place changes, suitability may worsen for some species and improve for others. These changes in climate may alter distributions of historically occurring species, creating the potential for local extirpation or new colonization. Here you'll find model-based projections of changes in climate suitability by mid-century for birds across 274 natural resource national parks under two climate change scenarios.


Learn more about this study on the project homepage
Download the overall project brief [PDF] and view the journal article

Source: Data Store Collection 8066. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Warming Temperatures Likely to Alter Visitation Across the National Park System

Climate change will affect not only natural and cultural resources within national parks, but also visitation patterns. Where, when, and how many people visit parks is likely to change with continued warming. This research seeks to understand the temperature—visitation relationship in 340 units of the U.S. national park system; each brief can be downloaded below.


Learn more about this study on the project homepage
Download the overall project brief [PDF] and view the journal article

Source: Data Store Collection 5503. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Climate Exposure of U.S. National Parks in a New Era of Change

Climate change is ongoing across the national park system; an overwhelming majority of parks are already at the extreme warm end of their historical conditions. This is a core finding from published research by NPS scientists. This study updates the basic climate inventories of 289 national park units; each brief can be downloaded below.


Learn more about this study on the project homepage
View the journal article and news release

Source: Data Store Collection 5502. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Forest Vulnerability Assessment Information Available for 121 Parks

Eastern forests experienced tremendous changes in recent decades and centuries due to direct and indirect human influences. The coming decades will likely bring continued changes due to multiple global change factors including climate change and nonnative species. This research investigated potential forest change in response to climate, differences in projections of change among climate scenarios (uncertainty), and levels of nonnative biotic stressors (tree pests and invasive plants) at 121 parks in the eastern U.S.; each brief can be downloaded below.


Learn more about this study on the project homepage
Download the overall project brief [PDF] and view the journal article [PDF]

Source: Data Store Collection 5504. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Last updated: February 16, 2024

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