Anticipating Future Environments: Climate Change, Adaptive Restoration, and the Columbia River Basin - by Shana Lee Hirsh
Anticipating Future Environments: Climate Change, Adaptive Restoration, and the Columbia River Basin
by Shana Lee Hirsh
Published by University of Washington Press, Seattle
Drought. Wildfire. Extreme flooding. How does climate change affect the daily work of scientists? Ecological restoration is often premised on the idea of returning to an earlier, healthier state. Yet the effects of climate change undercut that assumption and challenge the way scientists can work, destabilizing what is "normal" and revealing the politics that shape what scientists can do. How can the practice of ecological restoration shift to anticipate an increasingly dynamic future? And how does a scientific field itself adapt to climate change?
Restoration efforts in the Columbia River Basin - a vast and diverse landscape experiencing warming waters, less snowpack, and greater fluctuations in precipitation - may offer answers to some of these questions. Shana Hirsch - a research scientist in the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington - tells the story of restoration science in the basin, surveying its past and detailing the work of today's salmon habitat restoration efforts. She offers critical insight into scientific practices, emerging approaches and ways of thinking, the incorporation of future climate change scenarios into planning, and the ultimate transformation - or adaptation - of the science of ecological restoration. For scientists and environmental managers around the globe, Anticipating Future Environments will shed light on how to more effectively cope with climate change.
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