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Title:
Climate change impacts on the United States : the potential consequences of climate variability and change : overview
Author:
National Assessment Synthesis Team (U.S.)
Publication Information:
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
154 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 28 cm
Language:
English
Geographic Term:
ISBN:
9780521000741
Format :
Book

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Summary

Our climate is now changing at a rapid rate, and even greater climate change is very likely in the 21st century. Temperatures are projected to rise more rapidly in the next one hundred years than in the last 10, 000 years. This Assessment has involved thousands of Americans in an ongoing national dialogue about climate change and its impacts. The report identifies key climatic vulnerabilities of particular regions and sectors in the context of other changes in the nation's environment, resources, and economy. It also explores ways Americans can adapt to an uncertain and continuously changing climate.


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Useful for anyone interested in US environment, resources, and economy and their changes during the 21st century, this assessment is based on climate variability and change. It discusses US regions including Alaska, islands, and Native peoples' homelands and looks at sectors such as agriculture, water, human health, coastal areas, marine resources, and forests. Considerable input is obtained from two computer models that agree on unprecedented warming, with higher summer heat indexes, threatening to human health but offering helpful warmer winters. The models show a greater frequency of very wet and very dry conditions. Some crops and forests will benefit; other ecosystems will have to change. Water quality and availability are adequately discussed, but the report cautions that model output on precipitation, soil moisture, and runoff may be unreliable. The report concludes with a listing of what types of research are still needed on this subject. Suitable for all levels. A. E. Staver emeritus, Northern Illinois University


Table of Contents

1 Introduction
2 Summary
3 Our changing climate
4 Tools for assessing climate change impacts
5 Looking at America's climate
6 Ecosystems in the future
7 Our changing nation Regions
8 Northeast
9 Southeast
10 Midwest
11 Great Plains
12 West
13 Pacific Northwest
14 Alaska
15 Islands
16 Native peoples and homelands
Sectors
17 Agriculture
18 Water
19 Human health
20 Coastal areas and marine resources
21 Forests
22 Conclusions
Appendix: research needs
Acknowledgements
Glossary

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