Great Plains Regional Technical Input Report
8 x 10
20 photos, 33 illustrations
Prepared for the 2013 National Climate Assessment and a landmark study in terms of its breadth and depth of coverage, Great Plains Regional Technical Input Report is the result of a collaboration among numerous local, state, federal, and nongovernmental agencies to develop a comprehensive, state of the art look at the effects of climate change on the eight states that encompass the Great Plains region.
The Great Plains states are already experiencing the impacts of a changing climate, and will likely continue to experience warming temperatures, more extreme precipitation events, reduced snow and ice cover, and rising relative sea levels. The book presents a review of the historic, current, and projected future climate of the region; describes interactions with important sectors of the Northeast and examines cross-sectoral issues, namely climate change mitigation, adaptation, and education and outreach.
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.
PART I. Executive Summary
PART II. Section I: Great Plains: Scope, History, and Recent Trends
Chapter 1. Great Plains: Social-Ecological Setting (Climate-Environment-Society) Natural Resources and Wildlife Aspects
Chapter 2. Characteristics of Argricultural System and Energy Resources
Chapter 3. Climate Conditions and Scenarios of Change across the Great Plains
PART III. Section II: Natural Resource Vulnerabilities and Challenges Faced by the Great Plains
Chapter 4. Water Management
Chapter 5. Ecosystem and Biodiversity Conservation Issues
Chapter 6. Energy Considerations
Chapter 7. Agriculture and Land Management
Chapter 8. Great Plains Societal Considerations: Impacts and Consequences Vulnerability and Risk, Adaptive Capacity, Response Options
Chapter 9. Collabrative Research and Management Interactions in Response to Climate Change