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Title Assessment of climate change in southwest United States : a report prepared for the National Climate Assessment / excutive editor Gregg Garfin [and others].
Imprint Washington [DC] : Island Press, [2013]

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Series National Climate Assessment regional technical input report series
National climate assessment regional technical input report series.
Subject Climatic changes -- Southwestern States.
Climatic changes -- Risk assessment -- Southwestern States.
Alt Name Garfin, Gregg.
National Climate Assessment (U.S.)
Description 1 online resource (xiv, 506 pages) : illustrations, maps
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references.
Note Print version record.
Summary Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States, one of a series of regional reports prepared for the 2013 National Climate Assessment, is a landmark study in terms of its breadth and depth of coverage. Coordinated by the Southwest Climate Alliance--a consortium of researchers affiliated with the NOAA Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments in the Southwest (California-Nevada Applications Program, Climate Assessment for the Southwest, Western Water Assessment) and the Department of the Interior Southwest Climate Science Center--the report blends the contributions of 120 experts in climate science, economics, ecology, engineering, geography, hydrology, planning, resource management, and other disciplines to provide the most comprehensive, and understandable, analysis to date about climate and its effects on the people and landscapes of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah--including the U.S.- Mexico border region and the lands of Native Nations. What is the climate of the Southwest like today? What has it been like in the past, and how is it projected to change over the 21st century? How will that affect water resources, ecosystems, agricultural production, energy supply and delivery, transportation, human health, and a host of other areas? How vulnerable is the region to climate change? What else do we need to know about it, and how can we limit its adverse effects? This report addresses these and other questions, offering decision makers and stakeholders a substantial basis from which to make informed choices that will affect the well-being of the region's inhabitants in the decades to come.
Contents Acknowledgements -- Abbreviations and Acronyms -- 1. Summary for Decision Makers -- Part 1. Context. 2. Overview -- 3. The Changing Southwest -- Part 2. Weather and Climate of the Southwest. 4. Present Weather and Climate: Average Conditions -- 5. Present Weather and Climate: Evolving Conditions -- 6. Future Climate: Projected Average -- 7. Future Climate: Projected Extremes -- Part 3. Effects of Climate Change in the Southwest. 8. Natural Ecosystems -- 9. Coastal Issues -- 10. Water: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation -- 11. Agriculture and Ranching -- 12. Energy: Supply, Demand, and Impacts -- 13. Urban Areas -- 14. Transportation -- 15. Human Health -- 16. Climate Change and U.S.-Mexico Border Communities -- 17. Unique Challenges Facing Southwestern Tribes -- Part 4. Options and Research Needs. 18. Climate Choices for a Sustainable Southwest -- 19. Moving Forward with Imperfect Information -- 20. Research Strategies for Addressing Uncertainties -- References -- Glossary -- Author and Review Editors -- Reviewers.
Note English.
ISBN 9781610914840 (electronic bk.)
1610914848 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 10.5822/978-1-61091-484-0.
OCLC # 859154886
Additional Format Print version: Assessment of climate change in southwest United States 9781610914468 (OCoLC)834403237

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