Understanding the Science of Climate Change: Talking Points – Impacts to the Pacific Coast

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Schramm, A. and R. Loehman
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Climate change presents significant risks to our nation’s natural and cultural resources. Although climate change was once believed to be a future problem, there is now unequivocal scientific evidence that our planet’s climate system is warming (IPCC 2007a). While many people understand that human emissions of greenhouse gases have significantly contributed to recent observed climate changes, fewer are aware of the specific impacts these changes will bring. This document is part of a series of bioregional summaries that provide key scientific findings about climate change and impacts to protected areas. The information is intended to provide a basic understanding of the science of climate change, known and expected impacts to resources and visitor experience, and actions that can be taken to mitigate and adapt to change. The statements may be used to communicate with managers, frame interpretive programs, and answer general questions from the public and the media. They also provide helpful information to consider in developing sustainability strategies and long-term management plans.


Schramm, A. and R. Loehman. 2012. Understanding the science of climate change: talking points - impacts to the
Pacific Coast. Natural Resource Report NPS/NRSS/CCRP/NRR—2012/513. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.