Upcoming Southwest Section Webinar to Address Climate Change

By Dana Kobilinsky

The Rio Chama flows through mountains in New Mexico. Image Credit: cobalt 123, licensed by cc 2.0

The Geospatial Advisory Committee that’s part of The Wildlife Society’s Southwest Section will host a webinar on the use of climate projection data in wildlife studies in the Southwest.

The webinar, which will take place on Thursday, October 15, will cover two subject areas: data availability and data selection. Presenters will help explain different climate change scenarios as well as address ways to scale down global climate change models to regional levels.

The webinar will also include information on obtaining and reformatting data and will hone in on issues such as sources of uncertainty and confidence levels when projecting data about important climatic phenomena such as a monsoon. Leland Pierce, past president of the Southwest Section and one of the webinar organizers, hopes the event will help attendees apply climate change information to their own research. “The webinar will provide TWS members important information on the critical choices to consider in the development of proper models of climate change issues …,” Pierce said.

This will be the second webinar led by the Southwest Section. The first, which was in September, examined the effects of wildfires on bats in the Southwest. Thursday’s webinar will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. Mountain Standard Time. Attendees can access the webinar by visiting: http://nmsu.adobeconnect.com/geospatial_advisory/.

Dana KobilinskyDana Kobilinsky is a science writer at The Wildlife Society. Contact her at dkobilinsky@wildlife.org with any questions or comments about her article. You can follow her on Twitter at @DanaKobi.

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