Assessment of climate change in the Southwest United States: A report prepared for the national climate assessment

Gregg Garfin, Angela Jardine, Robert Merideth, Mary Black, Sarah LeRoy

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Prepared for the 2013 National Climate Assessment and a landmark study in terms of its breadth and depth of coverage, this report blends the contributions of 120 experts in climate science, economics, ecology, engineering, geography, hydrology, planning, resources 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?. In addressing these and other questions, the book offers 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherIsland Press-Center for Resource Economics
Number of pages506
ISBN (Electronic)9781610914840
ISBN (Print)9781597264204
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Adaptation
  • Agriculture
  • Air quality
  • Assessment
  • Atmospheric river
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate change
  • Climate impacts
  • Climate modeling
  • Climate variability
  • Coastal
  • Colorado River
  • Decision making
  • Drought
  • Electric power generation
  • Extreme events
  • Flooding
  • Forest mortality
  • Great Basin
  • Heat wave
  • Land-use change
  • Mitigation
  • Native American tribes
  • Natural resource management
  • Ocean acidification
  • Phenology
  • Public health
  • Ranching
  • Rio Grande
  • Sacramento-San Joaquin
  • Sea-level rise
  • Social vulnerability
  • Southwest
  • Stationarity
  • U.S. Mexico border
  • Uncertainty
  • Urban metabolism
  • Vector-borne disease
  • Water resources
  • Wildfire
  • heat related illness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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