Climate change is increasing the frequency and severity of droughts, posing a critical threat to freshwater ecosystems. This is particularly concerning for cold-water trout fisheries that have enormous ecological, cultural, and economic importance across the western United States.
This project will use long-term trout monitoring data to understand how extreme drought conditions, including low river levels and warm water temperatures, have impacted Montana’s popular trout fisheries over the past 30 years.
The final product will be a first-of-a-kind drought early warning system that can be used by managers and the public to prepare, mitigate, and manage valuable freshwater fisheries under climate change and drought. This information will be made publicly available through a web-tool (called “Fish-Cast”) to increase awareness and preparedness for drought events and impacts on trout fisheries
This research was funded by NIDIS through the FY 2022 Coping with Drought Competition – Ecological Drought. For more information, please contact Britt Parker (firstname.lastname@example.org).