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Climate Change and the Baja California Peninsula

A Baja Working Group Report

Photo credit: Michael Ready



The goal of this document is to provide an overview of what we know from available downscaled climate knowledge for the Peninsula, where research is needed, and opportunities for working collaboratively to advance climate science and solutions.



Climate Change and the Baja California Peninsula:

A Baja Working Group Report



The Baja Working Group represents a diversity of disciplines and perspectives from both sides of the border. As such, members contributed individual perspective pieces on their core area of expertise and weighed in on how climate change may impact their work, and what the key needs are to address these impacts.

These perspectives cover a variety of topical areas, and demonstrate the range of expertise our group represents, as well as many areas ripe for collaboration and future work.

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Anthropogenic impacts on marine subsidies to coastal ecosystems

Jeremy Long, Rulon Clark, Sarah Lester, Keith Lombardo, Jesús Sigala-Rodríguez, Ricardo DeSantiago, Ana Sofia Gomez


Baja California Wetlands

Drew Talley

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Climate change mitigation and adaptation actions in the Sierra de San Pedro Mártir

Pamela Castro Figueroa, Mariana Elizabeth Espinosa Blas


East Pacific green turtle (C. mydas) population dynamics in the context of climate change

Michelle María Early Capistrán, Elena Solana Arellano, Alberto Abreu-Grobois


From Soil to Sky: Monitoring mangroves in a changing climate

Paula Ezcurra, Astrid Hsu, Paula Sternberg Rodríguez


Identifying opportunities and challenges for protecting against extreme heat in Southern California-Baja California border communities

Kristin VanderMolen, Benjamin Hatchett


MexCal: Monitoring and enhancing the resilience of temperate social-ecological systems

Alicia Abadía-Cardoso, Rodrigo Beas-Luna, Julio Lorda, Luis Malpica-Cruz, José Alberto Zepeda-Domínguez

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Monitoring ecological dynamics and climate change impacts in the rocky intertidal of the Californias

Keith Lombardo, Ricardo Domínguez


Spatial Subsidy in Insular Systems

Drew Talley, Francisco Sanchez-Piñero


Pacific Air Influences on the Biodiversity of Baja California

Sula Vanderplank, Exequiel Ezcurra, Tony Burgess


We would like to thank the many contributors who led Case Study Perspectives, and those to helped review, revise, and improve this report: Rodrigo Beas-Luna, Pamela Castro, Michelle María Early Capistran, Exequiel Ezcurra, Jeremy Long, Drew Talley, Kristin VanderMolen, and Alexandria Warneke.

We would also like to thank the International Community Foundation for helping launch the Baja Working Group, and for co-leading the Climate Resilience Fellowship that helped this vision come to fruition.

Finally, thank you to all of the Baja Working Group for their enduring enthusiasm for working together to strengthen our binational natural and human communities.

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