Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Inland Aquatic Ecosystems in the Great Lakes Basin of Ontario - CCRR43

Summary

Climate change is impacting aquatic ecosystems in the Great Lakes Basin (GLB). Surface water temperatures of the Great Lakes, inland lakes and streams are on the rise, water levels are in decline, and the composition of plant and animal communities in wetlands are changing. The objectives of this study were to assess the vulnerability of different indicators; wetland vulnerability to drying, wetland bird species habitat, stream temperatures, stream thermal habitat, inland lake surface temperatures, and walleye biomass, to inform the development of a climate change adaptation strategy for aquatic ecosystems within the GLB of Ontario. Climate models forecast a 4 to 6 C warming of mean annual air temperatures and regional changes in precipitation by the end of the century.

Published Date: August 19, 2015
Publisher: Ontario Government, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Author: Cindy Chu, Science and Research Branch

Details

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Inland Aquatic Ecosystems in the Great Lakes Basin of Ontario - CCRR43
ISBN: 978-1-4606-6255-7   (PDF) 2.34 MB