Park-specific Climate Science

Looking for climate science related to the national park of your choice? On this page you'll find climate change research projects produced by the National Park Service that include park-specific impact briefs.

Each panel expands to include general information about the project and download links to each brief.

Park Visitation and Climate Change

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.

Recent Climate Exposure

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.

Eastern Forest Vulnerability

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.


Bird Response to Climate Change in National Parks

Widget coming soon! For now, please see the Projected Effects of Climate Change on Birds in U.S. National Parks page to download each of the 274 briefs.
Find more NPS climate adaptation science on the Adaptation Resources page.

Looking for information on a specific national park? Use the menus below!

Acadia National Park

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

Arches National Park

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

Badlands National Park

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

Big Bend National Park

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

Biscayne National Park

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

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

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

Bryce Canyon National Park

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

Canyonlands National Park

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

Capitol Reef National Park

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

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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

Channel Islands National Park

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

Congaree National Park

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

Crater Lake National Park

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

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

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

Death Valley National Park

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

Denali National Park

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

Dry Tortugas National Park

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

Everglades National Park

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

Gates of the Arctic National Park

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

Gateway Arch National Park

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

Glacier National Park

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

Glacier Bay National Park

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

Grand Canyon National Park

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

Grand Teton National Park

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

Great Basin National Park

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

Great Sand Dunes National Park

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

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

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

Haleakalā National Park

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

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

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

Hot Springs National Park

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

Indiana Dunes National Park

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

Isle Royale National Park

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

Joshua Tree National Park

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

Katmai National Park

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

Kenai Fjords National Park

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

Kobuk Valley National Park

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

Lake Clark National Park

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

Lassen Volcanic National Park

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

Mammoth Cave National Park

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

Mesa Verde National Park

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

Mount Rainier National Park

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

National Park of American Samoa

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

New River Gorge National Park

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

North Cascades National Park

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

Olympic National Park

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

Petrified Forest National Park

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

Pinnacles National Park

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

Redwood National Park

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

Rocky Mountain National Park

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

Saguaro National Park

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

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

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

Shenandoah National Park

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

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

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

Virgin Islands National Park

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

Voyageurs National Park

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

White Sands National Park

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

Wind Cave National Park

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

Wrangell–St. Elias National Park

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

Yellowstone National Park

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

Yosemite National Park

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

Zion National Park

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

Last updated: June 7, 2021

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