Estuary Climate Change Vulnerability Project
The project is a science-based assessment of the Coquille
Estuaryís vulnerabilities to the effects of climate variability and climate
change. Many climate-related changes have been observed and
projected for coastal communities and habitats, and some estuaries have been
the subject of localized research. This
project seeks to identify potential impacts and projections specific to the
Coquille Estuary, and what can be done to help sustain Estuary resources Ė protecting
public investments in conservation. Click here for more information on the Coquille Estuary.
important public and private resources may be affected by climate issues and
while we hope that products from this project are useful to broader interests,
this projectís capacity and funding is limited to detailed analyses of habitats
and key fish and wildlife species.
- Lower Coquille River Watershed Stakeholder Workshop
- Analysis of Climate Change Threats for the Coquille River Watershed (Dec, 2012, see documents below)
- Expert panel assessment of climate threats to habitats and selected, key
species (March, 2013)
- Final Vulnerability Assessment report (Jan, 2014, see documents below)
Final vulnerability assessment report. Accompanying appendices are HERE.
- Climate Change and the Lower
The Oregon Climate Change Research Institute
produced a report for the Project summarizing 20th Century trends
and 21st Century projections.
Key issues include rising air temperatures, drier summers, ocean
acidification, sea level rise, wave and storm increases, changes to salinity
levels and rising sea surface temperatures.
- Coquille River Basin Stream
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service produced a
report for the project on the geology, climate, hydrology, and stream
temperature information in the Coquille River watershed. It includes an analysis of summer thermal
sensitivities of streams used to assess stream temperature increases that can
be expected given future increases in air temperatures.
- Summary Table of the Climate Change and the Lower
Coquille Watershed and Coquille River Basin Stream
Coquille Key climate-related threats to the Lower Coquille Watershed
include rising air temperatures, drier summers, ocean acidification, sea
level rise, wave and storm increases, changes to salinity levels and
rising sea surface temperatures.
- Coquille River Basin Mapping Resources
Accessing maps, creating maps, and adding your data
in ArcGIS.com: One of the products requested by stakeholders at the April
workshop was a web-based application for publically available map-based
information and data. This site is still
- Scanning the Conservation Horizon: A guide to Climate
Change Vulnerability Assessment
- USF&WS, 2012, draft Bandon Marsh NWR Comprehensive
Conservation Plan, climate change analysis found in Chapter 3, pp.
3-1 to 3-18 and Chapter 6, pp. 6-33 to 6-36, U.S. Fish and Wildlife
- USGS Open-File Report 2012-1274: Potential Climate-Induced
Runoff Changes and Associated Uncertainty in Four Pacific Northwest
- Preliminary Assessment of Channel Stability and
Bed-Material Transport in the Coquille River Basin, Southwestern
- The Oregon Estuary Plan Book -Information on
Oregonís many estuaries including the Coquille Estuary. Created by
the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development,
Coastal-Ocean Management Program.
- Coquille Estuary Research Coordination Call. January 23, 2013. David
Patte (US FWS), Summary of the Coquille Estuary Vulnerability
Assessment Project; John Takekawa (USGS), Marshes to Mudflats:
Climate Change Effects Along a Latitudinal Gradient in the Pacific
Northwest; Portland State University Faculty Team: Martin Lafrenz
(Geography), Catherine de Rivera (Environmental Science &
Management), Sarah Eppley (Biology), Shifting Habitat Mosaics in
Estuaries Driven by Climate Change. Recorded webinar
The project is co-led by EcoAdapt, The Nature Conservancy, the Oregon
Coastal Management Program of the Oregon Dept. of Land Conservation and
Development, and the Coastal Program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Many other organizations and entities have
participated through workshops and other means.