There have been significant fluctuations in the climatic conditions with increased temperature and decreased snowfall across the iconic Greater Yellowstone Area, one of the last remaining largest intact ecosystems or almost unchanged.
Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem has been studied to have undergone significant rise variations in the conditions since 1950, primarily due to climate change. It is expected to continue to follow the trend throughout the century, according to the climate report published on Wednesday, June 23.Scientists associated with the U.S. Geological Survey and the Montana State University, and the University of Wyoming have been assessing the climate change in the Greater Yellowstone area within a period of 1950 to 2018.
During the persistent study, the scientists observed and assessed the trajectory of these climate changes by 2100 based on the current scenario of greenhouse gas emissions. They concluded that the average Greater Yellowstone Area temperatures have spiked by 2.3 degrees Fahrenheit to date, and are expected to increase by almost 5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100.
Greater Yellowstone Area has been famous for its fulfilling rivers, fish, forests, and wildlife, shared Steve Hostetler, one of the USGS scientists and co-lead author of the report. He also stated that the climate trends inclined towards a warmer, drier climate condition evaluated in the study are highly likely to affect the ecosystems in the region and the communities that depend on them.The study anticipates an annual precipitation increase by 9-15%; however, the elevated temperatures accompanied by higher evaporation rates will lead to a drier condition.