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Document Type: Journal Article
Center: NWFSC
Document ID: 8258
Title: Assessments of species' vulnerability to climate change: from pseudo to science
Author: Alisa Wade, Brian K. Hand, Ryan P. Kovach, Clint C. Muhlfeld, Robin S. Waples, G. Luikart
Publication Year: 2016
Journal: Biodiversity and Conservation
Keywords: climate change,vulnerability,viability,adaptation,

Climate change vulnerability assessments (CCVAs) are important tools to plan for and
mitigate potential impacts of climate change. However, CCVAs often lack scientific
rigor, which can ultimately lead to poor conservation prioritization and associated
ecological and economic costs. We discuss the need to improve comparability and
consistency of CCVAs and either validate their findings or improve assessment of
CCVA uncertainty and sensitivity to methodological assumptions.

Theme: Habitats to Support Sustainable Fisheries and Recovered Populations
Foci: Characterize relationships between habitat and ecosystem processes, climate variation, and the viability of organisms.
Develop effective and efficient habitat restoration and conservation techniques.
Official Citation:

Wade, A.A., B.K. Hand, R.P. Kovach, C.C. Muhlfeld, R.S. Waples, and G. Luikart.  2017. Assessments of species’ vulnerability to climate change: from pseudo to science.  Biodiversity and Conservation 26:223-229.