Outside Influences

Climate Change
In the Pacific Northwest, global climate change models indicate that winter and summer temperatures in the region are likely to be warmer, with possibly higher amounts of winter precipitation. Increased summer temperatures can hasten the drying of headwater stream systems and the riparian areas where adult stream-breeding and terrestrial salamanders reside. Changes in climate conditions may also influence factors such as dispersal and migration patterns, timing of breeding, and ability to withstand local microclimate conditions.

For more information on the status of global climate change see the US Global Change Research Program website.