Date of Award

8-2015

Document Type

Capstone-Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Program Name

Environmental Policy and Management

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Carol Pollio

Abstract

The purposes of this research were to analyze the available temperature data from cold climate habitats of Midwest algific talus slopes and to develop an ecosystem monitoring method that is less destructive on the delicate plant community. The use of temperature data as a monitoring tool was selected to engage stakeholders and encourage collaboration between private landowners, citizen scientists, and natural resource professionals. Collaboration is critical, because most Midwest algific talus slopes are on private land. The results of this demonstration indicated that climate change has not reduced the potential for cold air production on Midwest algific talus slopes. More extreme climate change predictions have the potential to impact this ecosystem. A temperature monitoring network and web based data reporting system would allow for the long term surveillance of the ecosystem and provide a framework for climate change response and restoration planning.

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