We identified the potential impacts of climate change on Alberta’s species and ecosystems through a variety of mapping and analysis methods. Predicting the consequences of climate change on our biodiversity is the first step towards integrating climate change into planning and decision-making in the province.
Our field projects were directed towards developing a better understanding of the relationships between today’s climate and Alberta’s biodiversity, including the ongoing survival of sensitive species like Burrowing Owls, Ferruginous Hawks and rare plants. Field experiments also examined potential conservation actions that could support these species as climate change progresses.
We built on our understanding of the climate change impacts on Alberta’s biodiversity to outline and demonstrate relevant, scientifically based ways of incorporating climate change into biodiversity-related planning and decision-making in the province.
We developed a web-based tool to connect Alberta’s municipalities to the implications of climate change for their community and to effective adaptation strategies that support climate resilience.
Stories on ABMI's blog It's Our Nature to Know