Loss of salmon habitats and salmon biodiversity limiting adaptability to warming climates
Land and water ecosystems are threatened by resource extraction and development by industries seeking its abundant natural resources
Environmental pollution from resource extraction such as waste rock and tailings from mining operations
Coastal commercial fisheries
A must-read report on climate change in Skeena Watershed:
(1) Defusing British Columbia’s Ticking Timebombs (2021) Salmon Beyond Borders.
- Provides examples of the environmental risk and impacts associated with BC’s mega mines, and how they can lead to transboundary watersheds that strain cross-border relationships.
(2) Skeena River Estuary Synthesis Report. (2021). Sharpe, et al. SFU.
- The goal of this report is to address the challenge to establish a common scientific
understanding of the ecology of the Skeena River estuary by distributing research within the broader community and providing reference
material to support future scientific studies.
Matthew Beedle is a professor of geography at Coast Mountain College and adjunct professor of geography at the University of Northern British Columbia. Research for his Masters (University of Colorado) and PhD (UNBC) focused on the connections between climate variability and glacier change in southeast Alaska and northern BC, glacier remote sensing, and glacier mass balance methodology. His recent research – in collaboration with the Skeena Fisheries Commission, Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs, Morice Watershed Monitoring Trust and Kitsumkalum Fish and Wildlife – investigates the connections between climate, glaciers, streams and salmon in the Skeena and Nass watersheds.
For Gitanyow/SFC – Meziadin Lake/Gitanyow Lax’yip:
Beedle, M. J. 2022. Future Glacier Change and Hydrologic Impacts in the Meziadn Lake Watershed and Gitanyow Lax’yip, Report: Gitanyow Fisheries Authority and Skeena Fisheries Commission, 48 pp.
Beedle, M. J. and Jeffrey, M. 2021. Meziadin Lake Watershed and Gitanyow Lax’yip Glacier Inventory, Report: Gitanyow Fisheries Authority and Skeena Fisheries Commission, 26 pp.
Beedle, M. J. 2020. Meziadin Lake Watershed Morphometry, Report: Gitanyow Fisheries Authority and Skeena Fisheries Commission, 26 pp.
For MWMT – Morice River:
Beedle, M. J. 2022. Future Glacier Change and Hydrologic Impacts in the Morice River Watershed, Report: Morice Watershed Monitoring Trust, 45 pp.
Beedle, M. J. 2021. Morice River Watershed Glacier Inventory, Report: Morice Watershed Monitoring Trust, 33 pp.
Beedle, M. J. 2020. Morice River Watershed Morphometry, Report: Morice Watershed Monitoring Trust, 27 pp.
Peer Reviewed papers available here: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Matthew-Beedle