Anticipating Future Environments
Climate Change, Adaptive Restoration, and the Columbia River Basin
- PUBLISHED: July 2020
- SUBJECT LISTING: Environmental Studies, Pacific Northwest / Natural History
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 232 Pages, 6 x 9 in, 1 map
- ISBN: 9780295747491
- Publisher: University of Washington Press
Drought. Wildfire. Extreme flooding. How does climate change affect the daily work of scientists? Ecological restoration is often premised on the idea of returning a region to an earlier, healthier state. Yet the effects of climate change undercut that premise and challenge the ways scientists can work, destabilizing the idea of “normalcy” and revealing the politics that shape what scientists can do. How can the practice of ecological restoration shift to anticipate an increasingly dynamic future? And how does a scientific field itself adapt to climate change?
Restoration efforts in the Columbia River Basin—a vast and diverse landscape experiencing warming waters, less snowpack, and greater fluctuations in precipitation—may offer answers to some of these questions. Shana Hirsch tells the story of restoration science in the basin, surveying its past and detailing the work of today’s salmon habitat restoration efforts. Her analysis offers critical insight into scientific practices, emerging approaches and ways of thinking, the incorporation of future climate change scenarios into planning, and the ultimate transformation—or adaptation—of the science of ecological restoration. For scientists and environmental managers around the globe, Anticipating Future Environments will shed light on how to more effectively cope with climate change.
Authors & Contributors
Shana Lee Hirsch is a research scientist in the department of Human Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington.
The writing is straightforward, making the book appropriate for all readers interested in restoration ecology, the impacts of culture on science, and ecological research in general.- Choice
It reaches diverse audiences with its readability, careful and consistent statements and reminders of problem and intent, lack of jargon, and provides an essential awareness while presenting a widely applicable solution. What at first seem very basic concepts are applied and combined here brilliantly to form a powerful conceptual argument for thinking differently about ecological restoration in a changing climate.- Bulletin of the Pacific Circle
[A]n engaging and informative investigation into the changing nature of environmental restoration under conditions of complexity and uncertainty.- Conservation and Society
Accessibly written...Anticipating Future Environments offers readers a helpful theoretical and practical look at salmon restoration on the Columbia in light of climate change.- H-Net
An engaging and accessible analysis that should be of interest not just to restoration ecologists, but to all environmental scientists seeking to respond to our climate emergency.- Stephen Bocking, Trent University
An important early intervention in our understanding of how climate change affects restoration practice and environmental management globally.- Rebecca Lave, Indiana University
In this hard look at how to restore an ecosystem that is changing our from under you, Hirsch reinforces the message that good science is not enough.- David R. Montgomery, author of King of Fish: The Thousand-Year Run of Salmon