Impacts of Global Climate Change on Tribes in Washington Part II

Authors: Rob Cole

Disciplines: Biology, Environmental Studies, Geology

Themes: Activism, Climate Change, Fish and Wildlife, Intergovernmental Relations, Natural Resources, Salmon

Tribes: All Tribes

This case study is an introduction to the potential impacts of global climate change on some of the Tribal lands in Washington State. It explores specifically the impacts of global climate change on the salmon life cycle. Because salmon have been such an integral part of indigenous cultures in the Pacific Northwest for thousands of years into present times, disruption of the salmon life cycle must be taken seriously. This case explores the impacts of increased air and water temperatures, of increased winter precipitation with decreased snowpack, of decreased summer precipitation, on the salmon life cycle. This case is designed as an interrupted lecture or interrupted workshop formats of presentation.