Climate Risk Assessment Aids Natural Resource Professionals in the Southeast

Flooded farmlandIncreased air and water temperature, increased rainfall and drought intensity and frequency, and other environmental factors are already having negative impacts on southeastern U.S. working lands. Farmers and forest managers need access to existing, improved, and new adaptation and mitigation strategies to reduce or eliminate the consequences of climate variability and change. The Eastern Threat Center-hosted USDA Southeast Regional Climate Hub led the effort to create a state-of-the-science report assessing both climate impacts and adaptive management actions to assist natural resource professionals as well as aid the Hub in developing future priorities for technology transfer and tool development. The Southeast Regional Climate Hub Assessment of Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies report is useful for policy makers, planners, and working land managers who must respond to the effects of a changing climate.

Pictured: Landowners and land managers across the southeastern region need information for coping with increasing climate variability such as more frequent or severe floods and droughts. Photo by Lance Cheung, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.


References:

McNulty, Steve; Wiener, Sarah; Treasure, Emrys; Moore Myers, Jennifer; Farahani, Hamid; Fouladbash, Lisa; Marshall; David; Steele, Rachel F. 2015: Southeast regional climate hub assessment of climate change vulnerability and adaptation and mitigation strategies. United States Department of Agriculture, 61 p.


External Partners/Collaborators:
Agricultural Research Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, North Carolina State University

Contact: Steve McNulty


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