An analysis of the effects of global warming on national parks

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An analysis of the effects of global warming on national parks

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A new analysis of the effect of global warming on tourism has things heating up in some areas, staying lukewarm in others Some parks, like Assateague National Seashore, have already come up with plans to deal with the effects of climate change and how their visitation rates could shift in response.

Scientists know a lot about how diseases may shift their range and how some species may adapt, but understanding how many tourists may visit the Grand Canyon each year in a warmer world hasn't exactly been on a high priority.

Related Content How the U. To see how people respond to temperature changes in different parks, a team of researchers from the National Park Service looked at how temperature fluctuation compared to visitor fluctuation at parks across the United States from to Their results highlighted some key trends.

High latitude, high elevation parks showed a general increase in tourism with temperature, one that was more pronounced in Spring and Fall.

Parks with historically warm temperatures were more likely to experience a drop in tourist flow as it got even hotter, especially during warmer months. You may not be able to achieve your [attendance] goals the way you could in the old days with a changing climate.

A few parks a have plans in place to cope with climate change's effects on tourism in their region. For example, when Hurricane Sandy hit Assateague National Seashore in Maryland, the storm swept away parking spots in some areas and buried others in sand, Santhanam writes.

Given that extreme weather events are expected to increase, the park has made some changes since Sandy. They've started using crushed clamshells for parking spaces and plan to begin using a new mobile infrastructure system in the fall. Hopefully, the new report will encourage other parks to come up with strategies of their own.Climate Change and its effects of White water rafting Parker Blackstock ADVG T Nov 24/ Angela Bueckert With the rising effects of Global warming taking its toll on glaciers and agriculture in British Columbia, surprisingly the white water rafting industry has managed to grow significantly in the last 20 years.

Impacts of global warming already are being documented in our national parks, and the challenges grow daily. This is a crisis of our own creation that will not go away on its own. It will require decisive action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through conservation and development of carbon-free power sources.

The global greenhouse effect, in which the earth’s atmosphere acts like the glass in a greenhouse, was first described by French scientist Jean Baptiste Fourier in Clouds, water vapor, and the natural greenhouse gases carbon dioxide (CO 2), methane.

We report here on an analysis aimed at assessing the extent of mammalian species turnover that may be experienced in eight selected U.S. national parks if climate change causes mammalian species within the continental U.S. to relocate to new geographic locations.

An analysis of the effects of global warming on national parks

Global warming describes the current rise in the average temperature of Earth’s air and oceans. Global warming is often described as the most recent example of climate change. Earth’s climate has changed many times.

Our planet has gone through multiple ice ages, in which ice sheets and glaciers. The National Park Service was created a century ago — August 25, to be exact — to keep an eye on the growing treasure trove of national parks.

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