Start Date/Time: Tuesday, October 28, 2008, 1:30 PM
Ending Date/Time: Tuesday, October 28, 2008, 3:00 PM
Location: UW Fisheries Science Bldg, Room 203 (1122 Boat St.)
Topic "Climate change and the freshwater life-history of Pacific salmon".
Abstract:Freshwater ecosystems used by Pacific salmon (Oncorhynchus spp.) in western North America will potentially undergo major changes as a consequence of climate change. Of particular importance to salmonids are the alteration of the timing, duration, and nature of the flow regime, and changes in the magnitude and timing of water temperatures. The magnitude and direction of the changes will vary widely across the distributional range of these fish. The response of Pacific salmon will depend to a large extent the affect on the individual life-history stage as well as on the timing of the transition between life-history stages. The impacts of climate change on key ecological process that influence the freshwater habitats, such as wildfire and floods, may also affect the response of salmonids. Responsible management and regulatory agencies will need to reconsider their perspective on and response to these events to potentially off-set negative consequences.
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