Climate Change in the Midwest: A Synthesis Report for the National Climate Assessment

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Island Press, Jun 30, 2014 - Science - 272 pages
Developed to inform the 2013 National Climate Assessment, and a landmark study in terms of its breadth and depth of coverage and conducted under the auspices of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, Climate Change in the Midwest examines the known effects and relationships of climate change variables on the eight states that make up the region.

This state of the art assessmcomes from a broad range of experts in academia, private industry, state and local governments, NGOs, professional societies, and impacted communities. It highlights past climate trends, projected climate change and vulnerabilities, and impacts to specific sectors.
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.
 

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Contents

An Introduction to the Synthesis Report
1
Historical Climate and Climate Trends in the Midwestern United States
8
Climate Projections for the Midwest
37
Agriculture in the Midwest
70
Impacts on Biodiversity and Ecosystems
83
Climate Change Vulnerabilities within the Forestry Sector for the Midwestern United States
114
Great Lakes Nearshore and Coastal Systems
152
Climate Change and Energy
172
Health
188
Outdoor Recreation and Tourism
197
Climate Change Impacts on Transportation in the Midwest
212
Water Resources
224
Complexity and Uncertainty
244
Island Press Board of Directors
250
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Julie Winkler is a professor of Geography at Michigan State University. She is interested in many aspects of geography and climatology including synoptic and applied climatology, regional climate change, and climate scenario developmand evaluation. Currand past research topics include heavy precipitation, nocturnal thunderstorms, low-level wind maxima, airflow within midlatitude cyclones, wildland fire risk, and the possible impacts of potential future climate change particularly on agriculture. Much of Professor Winkler's research has focused on the Central Plains and Great Lakes region of the United States.

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