3 Accounting for Climate Change Through Vulnerability Assessments

Monday, September 13, 2010: 1:20 PM-5:00 PM
304 (Convention Center)
Climate change is so pervasive and current, that fisheries and other aquatic resources are already being impacted around the world.  Absent consideration of climate change, management objectives will increasingly fail to be met.  Conversely, effective fisheries management increasingly requires consideration of climate change.  That climate change is a serious concern in fisheries conservation is exemplified by the recommendation of the AFS Resources Policy Committee that AFS adopt their proposed climate change policy at this annual conference.  Furthermore, federal and state natural resource agencies are rapidly developing strategies to account for climate change in their actions. The main objective of this proposed symposium is to provide a platform for an overview and discussion of adaptive fisheries management that accounts for climate change.  In particular, the necessity, uses and procedures for assessing aquatic resource vulnerability to climate change (and other factors) will be examined.  This symposium is intended to provide a realistic roadmap or framework for managers and others to account for climate change in their conservation actions.
Douglas B. Inkley, PhD and Dave Diamond
1:20 PM
A guide to vulnerability assessments
Douglas B. Inkley, PhD, National Wildlife Federation
3:00 PM
3:20 PM
Incorporating climate change into the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fisheries Program
Chester R. Figiel, PhD, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Nancy Green, USFWS
4:00 PM
Open panel discussion with audience - all speakers
Douglas B. Inkley, PhD, National Wildlife Federation; Mark D. Scheuerell, PhD, NOAA Fishery Service; Kerry Overton, USDA Forest Service; Nancy Green, USFWS; Chester R. Figiel, PhD, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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