The ecological change subgroup will compile legacy datasets related to long-term physical ad ecological change and will predict shifts in natural ecosystems as a response to future climate change. Additionally, the subgroup will explore the complex, integrated relationships between climate, hydrology, fire, insects, ecology, and changing landscapes.
What are the historical relationships among climate, hydrology, geomorphic conditions, fire, and ecology in the Salmon?
How do current ecological conditions in the Salmon compare with the past?
Can observed changes in hydrology, geomorphology, disturbances (fire, insects) and ecological health be attributed to changes in climate? If so, can accurate predictions of future changes in ecological conditions be made for the next century?