Preparing for Climate Change in the Upper Willamette River Basin of Western Oregon: Co-Beneficial Planning for Communities and Ecosystems

In the fall of 2008, the Climate Leadership Initiative (CLI) and the National Center for Conservation Science & Policy (NCCSP) (now the GEOS Institute), in partnership with the Mapped Atmosphere-Plant-Soil-System (MAPSS) Team at the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, initiated a project to assess the likely consequences of climate change for the Upper Willamette River Basin.

CLI and NCCSP convened a panel of scientists and land managers to determine the likely stressors to natural systems posed by projected changes in climate. This panel also was asked to make recommendations for increasing the capacity of ecosystems and species to withstand and adapt to climate induced stressors. Using these findings, a panel of policy experts then assessed the risks for built, human, and economic systems within the Upper Willamette River Basin. The policy panel also made recommendations for preparing these sectors for the adverse effects of climate change, including governance recommendations. This report summarizes the key findings and recommendations made by these panels.

Publication Date: March 2009

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