WCS 3-Sentence Science
Helping Montanans Plan for Drought
July 11, 2019
Each year, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists publish more than 300 peer-reviewed studies and papers. “WCS 3-Sentence Science” is a regular tip-sheet — in bite sized helpings — of some of this published work.
Here we present work by WCS’s Molly Cross on drought planning in Montana.
- As research recognizes the importance of ecological impacts of drought to natural and human communities, drought planning processes need to better incorporate ecological impacts.
- Researchers incorporated ecological impacts into drought planning in the Upper Missouri Headwaters (UMH) region (Montana, USA), combining ecosystem services elicitation using the Common International Classification of Ecosystem Services (ES) and a vulnerability assessment using semi-structured interviews.
- The interviews resulted in more discussion about ecological transformation from future droughts, suggesting that some combination of open-ended vulnerability assessment methods and ES elicitation using a structured framework can result in greater understanding of ecological drought vulnerability in a given region.
Study and Journal: “Planning for ecological drought: Integrating ecosystem services and vulnerability assessment” from Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews-Water
WCS Co-Author(s): Molly Cross, Director WCS Climate Change Adaptation
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