Our Climate Change Research and Solutions for a Healthy Planet
Our scientific expertise, long-term ecological datasets, innovative modeling, and strong research-based partnerships are revealing what global climate change might mean, while delivering science-based recommendations our partners can use right now to improve conservation outcomes.
Here are the areas where we are currently doing targeted climate change research:
Climate change is causing sea levels to rise and driving saltier water inland, affecting the health of tidal wetlands such as the San Francisco Bay-Delta. Combining Point Blue’s long-term studies on birds and tidal habitats with partner expertise in salinity, sedimentation and inundation rates, we are identifying the species and habitats of greatest concern to prioritize investments today that could yield the most benefit for tidal habitats, wildlife and human communities in the future.
Bird behavior, distribution and condition are tuned to seasonal patterns in nature such as temperature, ocean upwelling, rainfall, and flowering. Since the mid-90s, hundreds of studies have detected a signal of climatic change in plants and animals around the planet, and shifts in these patterns due to climate change are already leading to changes in disruption, breeding failure and reduced survival. With almost five decades of data, Point Blue is helping partners detect which species are at highest risk and finding ways to implement climate-smart conservation solutions.
- California Bird Species of Special Concern
- Environmental Change Network
- Pacific Northwest Climate Change Avian Vulnerability
- A Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment of California’s At-Risk Birds
- Avian body size changes and climate change: warming or increasing variability?
- Modeling climate change impacts on tidal marsh birds: Restoration and conservation planning in the face of uncertainty
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Building on two decades of experience using science to improve ecological restoration, Point Blue is developing novel approaches to enhance year-round wildlife food and cover and habitat connectivity, including replenishing groundwater, reducing flood impacts downstream and providing thermal safe havens as temperatures rise.
- Sierra Nevada Research
- Why Climate Change Makes Riparian Restoration More Important than Ever
- STRAW Project
- Working Lands
To ensure that our climate change research has a broad reach, we actively seek ways to make our data available to scientists across the globe. We’re especially committed to helping other scientists apply our data, tools and analyses.
Like ecosystems everywhere, Antarctic ecosystems are confronting changes associated with warming temperatures. With extensive field research on several species in the Ross Sea region, particularly Adélie penguins, and collaborations spanning international borders, we are addressing climate change and conservation issues in the most pristine ocean left on Earth.
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