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1st WORKSHOP ON CLIMATE CHANGE EFFECTS
ON SAN DIEGO'S BIODIVERSITY

Held November 7, 2007 at Balboa Park

Sponsors

This workshop was hosted by San Diego Natural History Museum, as part of a research grant, entitled “Using Plant Data to Assess Climate Change in San Diego.” This grant was made possible by the Blasker-Rose-Miah Fund of the San Diego Foundation.


Workshop Report

Read the final workshop report


Agenda

8:30Registration Coffee available, nametags
9:00Welcome and introductions 
9:15Projected Climate Changes Over the Next CenturyDan Cayan, Ph.D.,Researcher, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego and US Geological Survey
9:45Characteristics of Mediterranean Ecosystems John O’Leary, Ph.D., Department of Geography, San Diego State University

10:15Using Herbarium Specimens to Assess Climate Change Layla Aerne Hains, San Diego Natural History Museum
10:30Break Coffee, bagels
10:45Mechanisms for local climate change impacts Small group (table) discussions
Local ecosystem structure and function
Likely impacts and mechanisms of climate change on local habitats and plant/animal groups
11:30"What have you seen in the field?" Observations of changes in the distribution or reproduction of local species
11:45 Lunch Sandwich fixings, sodas
12:30 Mitigation and adaptation to local climate changes Small group (table) discussions
What's the worst case/scenario (50 years)?
How would we model that?
How would we adapt to that?
1:00 Local Field Stories: Factors Affecting San Diego’s Species (panel) Esther Rubin, Ph.D., Conservation Biology Institute
Allison Anderson, Ph.D., US Fish and Wildlife Service
Brad Hollingsworth, Ph.D., San Diego Natural History Museum
Phil Unitt, San Diego Natural History Museum

1:45Break Sodas, coffee
2:00“What indicator species would you choose?” Identification of possible plant/animal indicator species
2:15Next steps Small group (table) discussions
2:45Closing comments 
3:00Adjourn 

Objectives of workshop

  • Increase the knowledge of local conservation professionals about climate change impacts, mitigation, and adaptation of San Diego (and other Mediterranean) ecosystems
  • Suggest hypotheses for the impacts of climate change on San Diego's ecosystems
  • Identify potential local indicator species that can be monitored to assess impacts, mitigation, and adaptation to climate change
  • Identify next steps to further education, research, and collaboration

Participants

  • Professionals from local, state and Federal land management, regulatory, and planning agencies
  • Scientists and educators from local universities and colleges
  • Representatives from environmental, community, and business organizations


 


Contacts

climate@sdnhm.org
Mary Ann Hawke, mhawke@sdnhm.org, 619-255-0301
Layla Aerne Hains, laerne@sdnhm.org, 619-255-0298
Anne Fege, afege@sdnhm.org, 858-472-1293