New Book | Climate of the Southeast United States

Climate of the Southeast United States

A Technical Input to the 2013 National Climate Assessment



Washington, DC (November 12, 2013) — From Louisiana to Florida to Virginia, the southeast faces crucial decisions about how to deal with the effects of a changing climate, from hotter temperatures to sea level changes. Climate of the Southeast United States presents the most detailed data and analyses of the changes that have already taken place and what we can expect in the years to come. It also explores how the climate will affect health, energy, agriculture and aquaculture, and water.


Rich in science and case studies, it examines the latest climate change impacts, scenarios, vulnerabilities, and adaptive capacity and 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.


Prepared for the 2013 National Climate Assessment, Climate of the Southeast United States is the result of a collaboration among three Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments Centers: the Southeast Climate Consortium; the Carolinas Regional Sciences and Assessments; and the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program; with contributions from numerous local, state, federal, and nongovernmental agencies to develop a comprehensive, state of the art look at the effects of climate change in the region.




Keith T. Ingram is associate research scientist in the department of agricultural and biological engineering at the University of Florida and coordinator for the Southeast Climate Consortium. Kirstin Dow is a professor of geography at the University of South Carolina. Lynne Carter is program manager of the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program. Julie Anderson is assistant professor and fisheries specialist at Louisiana State University.




ABOUT THE SERIES: Developed to inform the 2013 National Climate Assessment, these nine regional reports highlight past climate trends, projected climate change and vulnerabilities, and impacts to specific regions and sectors. The critical information in each comes from a broad range of experts in academia, private industry, state and local governments, NGOs, professional societies, and impacted communities. The reports include case studies on topics such as adaptive capacity; climate change effects on regional economies and ecosystem services; urbanization, transportation, and infrastructure vulnerabilities; and agriculture sustainability.