Climate Impacts on Salmon Management and Recovery:
Background Papers and Presentations

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Background Papers

The following papers are recommended background reading for the meeting. Please note that Mantua and Francis ("Natural climate insurance...") is central to the discussion titled "A hypothesis on changes needed to integrate climate information into sustainable salmon management policies" (3:15-4:20). All papers are in a PDF format.

More CIG publications on Pacific Northwest climate, hydrology, and aquatic ecosystems can be found here.

Participant List

The final participant list is available here (PDF).


A PDF copy of the final agenda is available here. All presentations are posted as Power Point (.ppt) files. The afternoon discussion sessions are summarized in one PDF document.

Time Title Presenter
8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-9:10 Welcome Ed Miles, CIG/US School of Marine Affairs
9:10-9:50 Background: The impacts of climate variability on Pacific Northwest climate and salmon Nate Mantua, CIG
9:50-10:30 Background: What future for streamflow, estuaries, and reservoir operations? The impact of climate change on PNW climate and streamflow in the Columbia River basin. Alan Hamlet, CIG/UW Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:15 Background: Managing Pacific Northwest salmon
Pete Lawson's presentation
Rishi Sharma's presentation

Pete Lawson, NOAA
Rishi Sharma, CRITFC

11:15-12:00 Case Study #1: Snake River Spring Chinook

Mark Scheuerell, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center

12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-1:45 Case study #2: Population viability analysis of Snake River Chinook salmon: what do we learn by including climate variability?
Rich Zabel, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Panel Discussion: What does climate variability and change mean for short-term and long-term salmon management objectives? (discussion summary (PDF))

Read the Columbia Basin Bulletin's story on the panel discussion.

Ed Miles, CIG/US School of Marine Affairs

-- Tom Cooney, National Marine Fisheries Service
-- Bill Tweit, Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
-- David Ward , Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
-- Mike Matylewich, Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission
-- Scott Marshall , Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game

3:00-3:15 Break

Discussion: A hypothesis on changes needed to integrate climate information into sustainable salmon management policies.

The session began with a brief presentation on the conclusions from the Mantua and Francis paper “Natural Climate Insurance for Pacific Northwest Salmon and Salmon Fisheries…” (see background papers). Participants were asked to discuss whether they agree or disagree with the findings. (discussion summary (PDF))

Bob Francis, UW School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences

Nate Mantua, CIG


Discussion: Identifying the management community's research needs
(discussion summary (PDF))

Dave Fluharty, CIG/UW School of Marine Affairs
4:50-5:00 Concluding remarks and meeting adjournment Ed Miles, CIG/US School of Marine Affairs


For more information, please contact:
Lara Whitely Binder, CIG