Climate Change in the Midwest: Impacts, Risks, Vulnerability, and Adaptation

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S. C. Pryor
Indiana University Press, 2013 - Nature - 266 pages
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The research presented in this volume focuses on identifying and quantifying the major vulnerabilities to climate change in the Midwestern United States. By providing state-of-the-art spatially disaggregated information regarding the historical, current, and possible future climate within the region, the contributors assess the risks and susceptibility of the critical socio-economic and environmental systems. Key sectors discussed are agriculture, human health, water, energy and infrastructure, and the vulnerabilities that may be amplified under current climate trajectories. The book also considers the challenges and opportunities to develop local and regional strategies for addressing the risks posed by climate change in the context of developing an integrative policy for the region.

 

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Contents

An Introduction
1
Socioeconomic Context and Physical Climate
12
3 Vulnerability and Adaptability of Agricultural Systems in the Southeast United States to Climate Variability and Climate Change
48
4 Uncertainty and Hysteresis in Adapting to Global Climate Change
59
5 ClimateAgriculture Vulnerability Assessment for the Midwestern United States
69
6 Potential Future Impacts of Climate on Row Crop Production in the Great Lakes Region
82
7 Vulnerability of Soil Carbon Reservoirs in the Midwest to Climate Change
92
Vulnerability to Climate Variability and Change
104
11 Historical and Projected Changes in Human Heat Stress in the Midwestern United States
146
12 Vulnerability of the Electricity and Water Sectors to Climate Change in the Midwest
158
13 The Drought Risk Management Paradigm in the Context of Climate Change
178
14 Local Adaptation to Changing Flood Vulnerability in the Midwest
190
15 The Response of Great Lakes Water Levels and Potential Impacts of Future Climate Scenarios
203
16 Vulnerability of the Energy System to Extreme Wind Speeds and Icing
213
What Next?
230
List of Contributors
259

9 Climate Change Vulnerability and Impacts on Human Health
117
10 IntraUrban Variations in Vulnerability Associated with Extreme Heat Events in Relationship to a Changing Climate
134

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S. C. Pryor is Provost's Professor of Atmospheric Science at Indiana University Bloomington and editor of Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres and of Understanding Climate Change: Climate Variability, Predictability, and Change in the Midwestern United States (IUP, 2009).

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