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The Borderlands and climate change: Chapter 10 in United States--Mexican Borderlands--facing tomorrow’s challenges through USGS science

Circular 1380-10

This report is Chapter 10 in United States--Mexican Borderlands--facing tomorrow’s challenges through USGS science (CIR 1380)
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Abstract

The prediction of global climate change in response to both natural forces and human activity is one of the defining issues of our times. The unprecedented observational capacity of modern earth-orbiting satellites coupled with the development of robust computational representations (models) of the Earth’s weather and climate systems afford us the opportunity to observe and investigate how these systems work now, how they have worked in the past, and how they will work in the future when forced in specific ways. In the most recent report on global climate change by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC; Solomon and others, 2007), analyses using multiple climate models support recent observations that the Earth’s climate is changing in response to a combination of natural and human-induced causes. These changes will be significant in the United States–Mexican border region, where the process of climate change affects all of the Borderlands challenge themes discussed in the preceding chapters. The dual possibilities of both significantly-changed climate and increasing variability in climate make it challenging to take full measure of the potential effects because the Borderlands already experience a high degree of interannual variability and climatological extremes.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
The Borderlands and climate change: Chapter 10 in United States--Mexican Borderlands--facing tomorrow’s challenges through USGS science
Series title:
Circular
Series number:
1380-10
Year Published:
2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Southwest Region
Description:
37 p.
Larger Work Type:
Report
Larger Work Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Larger Work Title:
United States--Mexican Borderlands--facing tomorrow�s challenges through USGS science (CIR 1380)
First page:
235
Last page:
271
Country:
United States;Mexico