Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Mississippi
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Mississippi Project

Vulnerability of reservoirs to climate change

October 2021 - July 2025


Participating Agencies

  • Reservoir Fish Habitat Partnership

The goal of this project is to develop an index that can provide managers answers to questions such as what types of reservoirs are most likely to be affected by climate change. The index can reveal which reservoirs may be at risk of habitat decline, which are high priorities for management to sustain desired fish assemblages, and which may serve as climate change refugia. Understanding what in-lake or off-lake habitat traits make certain reservoirs more vulnerable than others provides a basis for developing appropriate adaptation measures for specific reservoirs and regions.