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Title: Developing conceptual models for assessing climate change impacts to contaminant availability in terrestrial ecosystems
Authors: Suedel, Burton C.
Beane, Nathan R.
Britzke, Eric R.
Montgomery, Cheryl R.
Brasfield, Sandra M.
Keywords: Conceptual models
Climate change
Contaminant availability
Military installations
Threatened, endangered and at-risk species
Publisher: Environmental Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical note (Environmental Laboratory (U.S.)) ; 15-1.
Description: Technical Note
Introduction: The objective of this work was to develop a series of conceptual models (CMs) that illustrate how various aspects of climate change can impact contaminant availability and threatened, endangered, and at-risk species (TER-S) of terrestrial habitats on military installations. The goal was to develop tools that aid installation managers with better managing climate change impacts. The CMs can be used as a framework by military installation natural resource personnel to better delineate impacts of climate change. As a means of furthering this work, a series of workshops was held with contaminant management, terrestrial vegetation dynamics, and soil/hydrology experts to develop the necessary information to fully inform development of the CMs. During these workshops, a series of specific questions were posed to the experts to gather information about climate change, contaminant availability, and TER-S conservation on installations.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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