Assessing the Effects of Climate Change on Aquatic Invasive Species

This report presents a conceptual framework and review of the interactive effects of climate change and invasive species in freshwater ecosystems. It explains the complex interactions between climate change and invasive species that will influence how aquatic ecosystems and their biota will respond to fluctuating environmental conditions.

Aspects of climate change may alter the pool of potential invasive colonists, influence the chance that non-native species will establish, alter the impact of established invasive species, and require the initiation or expansion of prevention and control efforts. These topics are illustrated with examples from freshwater and estuary ecosystems from around the world. Recognizing countless potential interactions between climate change and invasive species in aquatic ecosystems, this paper is written with the intention to promote further research on these issues.

Publication Date: 2008

Authors or Affiliated Users:

  • Frank J. Rahel
  • Julian D. Olden

Related Organizations:

  • University of Wyoming
  • University of Washington

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  • Assessment

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