Research strategies for addressing uncertainties

David E. Busch, Levi D. Brekke, Kristen Averyt, Angela Jardine, Leigh Welling, Karl Ford, Gregg Garfin

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There is an immense volume of information pertaining to research needs for addressing climate change uncertainties and resolving key information gaps. Fortunately, multiple independent efforts to establish research priorities have yielded similar results. Input on research needs is being used to craft national scientific priorities and strategies that are being implemented regionally by agencies and organizations. A number of regionally based efforts are already underway to aggregate and synthesize climate-related management needs and research priorities. Landscape Conservation Cooperatives and Climate Science Centers, funded by the Department of the Interior, are conducting strategic syntheses of common resource-management priorities and related science needs across the Southwest, and many of these priorities and needs are related to climate variability and change. The present Assessment includes many examples of the types of research that are needed to address key climate science uncertainties. The Assessment also includes examples of information needs related to understanding climate effects on systems (human, biophysical, ecosystems, and others) in the Southwest. Implementation of research strategies will increase understanding and improve the ability of the scientific community to anticipate the direction or magnitude of future climate-related change in these systems. The assembly of experts for the other chapters of this document provided a unique opportunity to draw upon the authors' collective expertise to share knowledge about priority research strategies. The peer-reviewed information sources assessed in this chapter highlight research strategies and priorities established by the research community. Other sources cover priorities that are based primarily on management and policy needs. In the latter type, the sources represent the consensus of senior leaders of organizations, generally with substantial input and advice from the organizations' technical and scientific experts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAssessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States
Subtitle of host publicationA Report Prepared for the National Climate Assessment
PublisherIsland Press-Center for Resource Economics
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781610914840
ISBN (Print)9781597264204
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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