New Report Assesses Southeast's Climate Vulnerabilities and Management Strategies

 

Billion_dollar_disasters.jpgForestry and farming in the southeastern United States have long been the economic drivers of the region, sustaining people through the products and ecological benefits they provide as well as the cultural traditions they inspire. With working lands across the Southeast facing numerous challenges from population growth, land fragmentation, and the effects of weather extremes and climate change, land managers need to understand the risks and how to confront them. To fill this need, the Eastern Threat Center-hosted Southeast Regional Climate Hub (SERCH) published an Assessment of Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies, part of a series of similar reports developed by USDA Climate Hubs across the nation. The report describes the Southeast's key resources, what's at stake for working lands under pressure, what land managers can do to adapt to changing conditions and reduce climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions during operations, and USDA agencies and programs that can help. View the report...

Pictured: A figure from the report shows billion dollar weather/climate disasters between 1980-2012, highlighting vulnerabilities in the Southeast. Click to enlarge. (Source: Carter et al., U.S. Global Change Research Program, 2014).

 

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