A Methodology for Assessing the Vulnerability of Fish and Invertebrates to Climate Change

A Methodology for Assessing the Vulnerability of Fish and Invertebrates to Climate Change

This webinar originally aired on 2 June 2016.

To prepare for and respond to current and future changes in climate and oceans, fisheries managers and scientists need tools to identify what fishery resources may be most vulnerable in a changing climate and why. The NOAA Fisheries Fish Species Climate Vulnerability Assessment Methodology uses information on species life history characteristics, species distributions and projected future climate and ocean conditions to estimate the relative vulnerability of fish species to changes in abundance or productivity (and to some extent distribution). The results help guide additional science to better understand possible climate impacts on fish species or stocks and assist fisheries decision makers in considering how to prepare for and respond to climate-related changes. NOAA scientists recently applied this new methodology to 82 fish and invertebrate species occurring on the US Northeast Shelf to assess the relative vulnerability of these species to climate change. They are in the process of expanding the assessment to additional regions including the US West Coast and Alaska. This webinar introduced the methodology and use results from the US Northeast assessment to describe the type of information created and potential uses of the results.

Learn more about the methodology at https://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/Assets/ecosystems/climate/documents/TM%20OSF3.pdf and http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0146756.

This webinar was presented by Wendy Morrison of NOAA, and it was co-sponsored by MEAM, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.

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