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Regional Experts discuss climate impacts on Batiquitos Lagoon

The Batiquitos Lagoon Resiliency Plan convened the 2nd Expert Workshop to develop climate scenarios for Batiquitos Lagoon Ecological Reserve. CSA Advisory Team Members Drs. Megan Jennings and Julie Kalansky provided technical expertise for the workshop.

The Batiquitos Lagoon Resiliency Plan partners, including the City of Carlsbad, CA Department of Fish and Wildlife, Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation, Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, Climate Science Alliance, and Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography convened the second Expert Workshop to continue developing scenarios that outline potential implications of increased temperatures and sea level rise within the Batiquitos Lagoon Ecological Reserve. Informative presentations on project progress and updated regional climatic science were followed by an interactive discussion.

Climate Science Alliance partners Dr. Megan Jennings from San Diego State University and Dr. Julie Kalansky from California-Nevada Climate Applications Program provided presentations and technical input for discussions. Workshop attendees focused on how expected climatic changes in the region, specifically higher temperatures and sea level rise, might impact resident and migratory birds, invertebrates, and other key species. Insights from researchers, land managers, and consultants will inform the project team’s efforts to develop future climate scenarios for the lagoon.

The development and implementation of the Batiquitos Lagoon Resiliency Plan (BLRP) will increase ecosystem resiliency by providing jointly developed recommendations to coastal decision-makers on how to consider climate change in managing natural resources at the Batiquitos Lagoon Ecological Reserve.

BLRP development will be informed by the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve’s Climate Understanding & Resilience in the River Valley (CURRV) initiative, which is using scenario planning to inform management decisions at the Tijuana Estuary in Imperial Beach, CA.

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