01: Summary for Decision Makers

Summary for Decision Makers reviews the past, present, and projected future climate of the Southwest; discusses the effects of climate changes on ecosystems, the coastal zone, water resources, human health, and other areas; and presents the choices that society can make to adapt to climate change, based on what we know and within the constraints of what we don’t know.


Overpeck, J., G. Garfin, A. Jardine, D. E. Busch, D. Cayan, M. Dettinger, E. Fleishman, A. Gershunov, G. MacDonald, K. T. Redmond, W. R. Travis, and B. Udall. 2013. “Summary for Decision Makers.” In Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States: A Report Prepared for the National Climate Assessment, edited by G. Garfin, A. Jardine, R. Merideth, M. Black, and S. LeRoy, 1–20. A report by the Southwest Climate Alliance. Washington, DC: Island Press.

Jonathan Overpeck (University of Arizona)
Gregg Garfin (University of Arizona)
Angela Jardine (University of Arizona)
David E. Busch (U.S. Geological Survey)
Dan Cayan (Scripps Institution of Oceanography)
Michael Dettinger (U.S. Geological Survey)
Erica Fleishman (University of California, Davis)
Alexander Gershunov (Scripps Institution of Oceanography)
Glen MacDonald (University of California, Los Angeles)
Kelly T. Redmond (Western Regional Climate Center and Desert Research Institute)
William R. Travis (University of Colorado)
Bradley Udall (University of Colorado)

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