The climate of the Gunnison Basin in Colorado is projected to get warmer over the next few decades, putting some ecosystems and species at risk. This report summarizes the results of a landscape-scale climate change vulnerability assessment of the Upper Gunnison Basin to determine the relative vulnerability of 24 ecosystems and 73 species of conservation concern. It also summarizes the results of a social vulnerability and resilience assessment of ranching and recreation sectors in the Basin.
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Neely, B., R. Rondeau, J. Sanderson, C. ague, B. Kuhn, J. Siemers, L. Grunau, J. Robertson, P. McCarthy, J. Barsugli, T. Schulz, and C. Knapp. Editors. 2011. Gunnison Basin: Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for the Gunnison Climate Working Group by The Nature Conservancy, Colorado Natural Heritage Program, Western Water Assessment, University of Colorado, Boulder and University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Project of the Southwest Climate Change Initiative.