Climate Change Refugia

The climate is changing, but not everywhere the same. There are some locations, because of their topography or geography or luck, where climate does not change as rapidly as the surrounding terrain.

This story in The Working Waterfront describes the research of Second Century Stewardship fellow Jennifer Smetzer, who identified areas in Acadia National Park and Maine that might serve as refugia for certain plants and animals of concern to people who manage protected landscapes. Tomorrow, as yesterday, the Downeast coastline’s moderated climate may allow certain cold-adapted species to persist.