Jamestown Tribe Study of Climate Impacts & Adaptation

The tribe is very forthright about this issue and what they have put together is free to anyone. What they produced is interesting information and gives one some perspective if you live in the region and think about your children and the next few generations in terms of how this will impact them.

The word choice “interesting” is on purpose (rather than something like “useful”) because it’s mind boggling to think about what to do about this information and sometimes conveys a sense of hopelessness or complacency.

Some things are obvious, such as a rising ocean is impactful on the planet, but it’s easy to think about it as someone else’s problem, unless you live on the beach.  For example, if you have a home on Jamestown Beach, you may not want to consider it to be a multi-generational home.

Jamestown High Impact Sea Level Rise

Jamestown High Impact Sea Level Rise

Perhaps most people don’t think about things that way anyway, so more practically speaking, perhaps we should ask questions like “Does waterfront property at some point go from selling at a massive premium to a massive discount?”

Other things are not so obvious, such as how the acidification of the ocean (due to the ocean absorbing 25% of the CO2) is effecting the development of shells in oysters, which translates into a reduced harvest going forward.

Even if it’s not “useful”, it is interesting and the perspective it provides is helpful.



Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
Key Areas of Concern – October 2013.pdf

Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
Adaptation Plan Addendum – September 2013.pdf

Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe 
Climate Change Adaptation Report – August 2013.pdf

Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
Climate Change Adaptation Report – August 2013 – Appendicies






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