KQED recently published an article about refugia, or pockets on the landscape that may experience less change in climate compared to the surrounding landscape. Acadia National Park in Maine has many initiatives underway identifying refugia locations, work that has been led by Northeast CASC research ecologist Toni Lyn Morelli.
Where Animals and Plants Might Survive Climate Change
Scientists are searching for places with unique natural conditions where warming is happening less quickly than the surrounding areas. Researchers hope that as the earth gets hotter, these areas could serve as refugia for plants and animals from climate impacts. Scientists and mangers have been working together to identify refugia locations in places like the Sierra Nevada in California and in Acadia National Park in Maine. Northeast CASC research ecologist Toni Lyn Morelli has led the work in Acadia where climate havens for 30 different plants and animals have been mapped.
Toni Lyn says, "there’s urgency in identifying these places so we can protect them." Identifying climate refugia could be an important strategy for land managers to consider to lessen climate impacts.
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