What is your relationship with climate change? What is your relationship with salmon? Could your relationship change in the future? What does climate change mean for juvenile salmon habitat?
97% of abstracts that expressed opinion on AGW (anthropogenic global warming) endorsed the consensus position that humans are causing global warming….thus the perception of a massive conflict or open to debate is misleading!
Some impacts from climate change are difficult to detect or difficult to attribute to climate change (or any combinations thereof)
Climate is the statistics of weather. If the statistics are changing, then climate change is thought to be occurring
Effects of climate change will differ among regions and within regions. Scale of observation matters!
The Kenai River watershed contains a diverse patchwork of habitat
Climate change a large concern for managers on the Kenai River
Often it is hard to infer signals of climate change because of other disturbances that are occurring simultaneously (e.g. dams are built, hatchery fish, etc…)
The Kenai is largely immune to other sources of disturbance besides harvest and very small hatchery production of sockeye salmon
Ben compares patterns of growth and feeding behavior in three contrasting habitats across a gradient of snow melt contribution and water residency time
What appears to be good salmon habitat can be misleading! Only the fish really know what is good vs. poor habitat
Could rising water temperatures increase or actually decrease juvenile salmon growth?
Management strategies in the face of climate change? Maintain the natural processes in rivers and acknowledge that not all habitats will respond the same