Cascading Effects: Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest

Cascading Effects: Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest
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Exam­in­ing the sub­lime land­scapes of North Cas­cade, Mount Rainier, and Olympic National Parks, researchers shed light on emerg­ing indi­ca­tions that cli­mate change is real and pre­dict how warm­ing tem­per­a­tures will affect the nat­ural resources and time­less beauty of the region. As glac­i­ers melt and the win­ter snow-pack decreases, what is the fate of the aquatic ecosys­tems and cold water fish that depend on runoff dur­ing the hottest and dri­est parts of the year? How will enor­mous amounts of unsta­ble sed­i­ment exposed by retreat­ing ice-sheets on Mount Rainier affect the roads and infra­struc­ture of that park and beyond? Will pine bee­tle infes­ta­tions and larger for­est fires become wide­spread in the approach­ing future? What part will the NPS and public play in the future of our parks?