Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States

A Report Prepared for the National Climate Assessment

ISBN: 978-1-59726-420-4 (Print) 978-1-61091-484-0 (Online)

Table of contents (20 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxii

  2. Summary for Decision Makers

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      Pages 1-20

      Summary for Decision Makers

  3. Context

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      Pages 21-36

      Overview

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      Pages 37-55

      The Changing Southwest

  4. Weather and Climate of the Southwest

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      Pages 56-73

      Present Weather and Climate: Average Conditions

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      Pages 74-100

      Present Weather and Climate: Evolving Conditions

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      Pages 101-125

      Future Climate: Projected Average

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      Pages 126-147

      Future Climate: Projected Extremes

  5. Effects of Climate Change in the Southwest

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      Pages 148-167

      Natural Ecosystems

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      Pages 168-196

      Coastal Issues

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      Pages 197-217

      Water: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation

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      Pages 218-239

      Agriculture and Ranching

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      Pages 240-266

      Energy: Supply, Demand, and Impacts

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      Pages 267-296

      Urban Areas

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      Pages 297-311

      Transportation

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      Pages 312-339

      Human Health

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      Pages 340-384

      Climate Change and U.S.-Mexico Border Communities

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      Pages 385-404

      Unique Challenges Facing Southwestern Tribes

  6. Options and Research Needs

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      Pages 405-435

      Climate Choices for a Sustainable Southwest

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      Pages 436-461

      Moving Forward with Imperfect Information

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      Pages 462-482

      Research Strategies for Addressing Uncertainties

  7. Back Matter

    Pages 483-506