Climate Change Adaptation

The mission of the GYA Climate Change Adaptation Subcommittee is to integrate land managers, scientists, and other subject matter experts across multiple disciplines to facilitate discussion and encourage study efforts to best understand, manage and assist adaptation to changes associated with a changing climate.

The Committee consists of interdiscplinary agency program managers and specialists from the GYCC units as well as from the NPS Inventory and Monitoring Program, the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative, the Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, and Forest Service Regional Offices.

To learn more, you can find the most recent subcommittee overview HERE.

Subcommittee Chairs

Karri Cary, Co-lead, Shoshone NF

Ann Rodman, Co-lead, Yellowstone NP


Workshops and Conferences

The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Biennial Scientific Conference: Questioning Greater Yellowstone’s Future: Climate, Land Use, and Invasive Species October 11-13, 2010

Monitoring Ecological Response to Climate Change in High Elevation Park Units of the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative (1.1 MB pdf) May 4-5, 2010

Greater Yellowstone Area Science Agenda Workshop: Climate Change, Land Use Change, and Invasive Species as Drivers of Ecological Change in the Greater Yellowstone Area  (826 kB pdf) November 4-5, 2009

Greater Yellowstone Area Clean Air Partnership Meeting: Climate Change and Air Quality in the Greater Yellowstone Area November 3-4, 2009

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Climate Change Analysis Tools

Climate Explorer

The GYA Climate Explorer: For each of seven climate variables, the GYA Climate Explorer compares the average of historic (1916 – 2006) climate values to a mid-century (2030 – 2059) projection with:

  • historic and mid-century maps with a slider bar to compare the two
  • a delta map showing change for each pixel value
  • and a bar graph or pie chart showing a comparison of the historic and mid-century values

Climate Analyzer

Climate Analyzer for the GYA: Make custom graphs and tables with data that is updated every 24 hours from these sources:

  • National Weather Service COOP Network
  • Remote Automated Weather Station (RAWS)
  • NRCS Snow-Telemetry (SNOTEL)
  • USGS Stream Gage


Climate Change in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem: An introductory educational powerpoint for agency employees (6 MB pdf)

Narrative for the above presentation (177 kB pdf)

Climate and Terrestrial Ecosystem Change in the U.S. Rocky Mountains and Upper Columbia Basin  | David B. McWethy, National Park Service Natural Resource Report NPS/GRYN/NRR—2010/260 | October 2010  (4.6 MB pdf)

Observed and Projected Ecological Response to Climate Change in the Rocky Mountains and Upper Columbia Basin, A Synthesis of Current Scientific Literature | Isabel W. Ashton, | National Park Service Natural Resource Report NPS/ROMN/NRR—2010/220 | June 2010  (6.6 MB pdf)

The Potential Influence of Changing Climate on the Persistence of Salmonids of the Inland West | Amy L. Haak, | USGS Open-File Report 2010–1236 | October 2010 (8.7 MB pdf)

Climate Change, Aquatic Ecosystems, and Fishes in the Rocky Mountain West: Implications and Alternatives for Management | Bruce E. Rieman and Daniel J. Isaak. | US Forest Service RMRS GTR-250. | November 2010 (4.1 MB pdf)

Montane Meadow Change During Drought Varies with Background hydrologic Regime and Plant Functional Group | D.M. Debinski, 2010  | Assessed drought effects on two montane meadows in Gallatin and Teton regions of GYA.   (435 KB pdf)

More Information


US Forest Service—

National Roadmap for Responding to Climate Change July 2010 (668 KB pdf)   For additional information and publications, visit  the U.S. Forest Service Office of Climate Change Advisor.

National Park Service—

NPS Climate Change Response Strategy September 2010 (5.2 MB pdf). 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service—

Rising to the Urgent Challenge. Strategic Plan for Responding to Accelerating Climate Change  September 2010  (1.5 MB pdf)