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TitleAre coastal managers ready for climate change? A case study from estuaries along the Pacific coast of the United States
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsThorne, Karen M., Deborah L. Elliott-Fisk, Chase M. Freeman, Thuy-Vy D. Bui, Katherine W. Powelson, Christopher N. Janousek, Kevin J. Buffington, and John Y. Takekawa
JournalOcean & Coastal Management
Call NumberOSU Libraries: Electronic Subscription
KeywordsSiletz Bay, Nisqually, Willapa Bay, Humboldt Bay, San Pablo Bay, Tijuana Slough, climate, natural resource management, habitat conservation, sea levels, environmental education
NotesThis article explores concerns relating to climate change of coastal resource managers at six different National Wildlife Refuges in estuaries on the U.S. West Coast. The authors conducted six workshops in 2014 in order to evaluate what managers understood about climate change, where they got information, how they used information, and how prepared they were to incorporate their understanding of climate change into their planning process. “We found that most resource managers understood the types of climate change impacts likely to occur in their estuaries, but often lacked the scientific information to make decisions and plan effectively” (from the Abstract). In general, more urban estuaries had more resources and felt better prepared to address the effects of climate change than rural estuaries.