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Data for the manuscript: Using high-resolution future climate scenarios to forecast Bromus tectorum invasion in Rocky Mountain National Park




West, Amanda M.

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This data package was produced by researchers working with the Natural Resource and Ecology Laboratory, the Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management Department, and the Forest, Rangeland & Watershed Stewardship Department at Colorado State University, and Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado in evaluating the distribution and potential spread of the invasive species Bromus tectorum (cheatgrass) for the Park. Our objectives were to: (1) evaluate the current bioclimatic niche including climatic variables that have a significant influence on B. tectorum occurrence in the Park using MaxEnt and high-resolution climatic data generated from ClimateWNA, (2) model the potential bioclimatic niche of B. tectorum in the Park for the year 2050 based on climate change, and (3) create a high-resolution map of B. tectorum habitat in the Park both now and in the future for use by Park managers.


Rocky Mountain National Park covers about 1,076 km2 in northern Colorado, USA, at approximate latitudes 40°10'N to 40°32'N. Climate and elevation data included in this package are at 90m spatial resolution for the Park.
Cheatgrass data from 1996, 1999, 2007, and 2008; climate normals from 1981-2010; future potential climate data from global circulation models, year 2050.
Department of Agricultural Biology

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climate change
Bromus tectorum
species invasions
National Parks
niche dynamics


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West AM, Kumar S, Wakie T, Brown CS, Stohlgren TJ, Laituri M, et al. (2015) Using High-Resolution Future Climate Scenarios to Forecast Bromus tectorum Invasion in Rocky Mountain National Park. PLoS ONE 10(2): e0117893.