Introduction to the Special Issue on Climate Change and Outdoor Recreation: Shifting Supply and Demand


  • Jordan W. Smith
  • Matthew T. J. Brownlee
  • Erin Seekamp


The production of high-quality outdoor recreation opportunities is dependent upon relatively stable and predictable climatic and environmental conditions. As concentrations of greenhouse gasses continue to rise, regional and local climatic conditions are becoming increasingly variable. In turn, environmental systems are adapting, often in nonlinear and unforeseen ways. For example, the onset of spring runoff to earlier times of the year and less frequent winter precipitation events are directly affecting hydrologic resources (Stewart, Cayan, & Dettinger, 2005). Consequently, many outdoor recreation resource managers are facing difficult decisions regarding how to plan for and manage outdoor recreation settings impacted by climate change. Managers need a scientifically grounded understanding of how visitation patterns will change in response to altered climatic and environmental conditions. The seven papers included in this special issue collectively address how both the supply of, and demand for, outdoor recreation settings and opportunities are being impacted by changing climatic conditions.Subscribe to JPRA