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

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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.show more

Product details

  • Book | 288 pages
  • 185.42 x 259.08 x 27.94mm | 861.82g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 108 color illus., 7 b&w illus.
  • 0253006821
  • 9780253006820

About Sara C. Pryor

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).show more

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"This volume is well organized, written, and edited... Recommended." -Choice "When writing about climate change, scientists are often challenged with focusing on either specific academic audiences or more general readers. In rare instances, authors and editors can meet the needs of both groups. It is such a case with Climate Change in the Midwest... The contributors are among the best in their field... The lessons here will separate the winners and losers of the future. It is my hope that enough people read this book so that a positive impact is realized." -Quarterly Review of Biologyshow more

Table of contents

Table of contentsChapter 1 Climate Change Impacts, Risks, Vulnerability and Adaptation: An Introduction....... 9Chapter 2 The Midwestern USA: Socio-Economic Context and Physical Climate.................... 19Chapter 3 Vulnerability and Adaptability of Agricultural Systems in the Southeast USA toClimate Variability and Climate Change.......................................................................... 64Chapter 4 Uncertainty and Hysteresis in Adapting to Global Climate Change.......................... 76Chapter 5 Climate - Agriculture Vulnerability Assessment for the Midwestern United States.. 86Chapter 6 Potential Future Impacts of Climate on Row Crop Production in the Great LakesRegion............................................................................................................................. 101Chapter 7 Vulnerability of Soil Carbon Reservoirs in the Midwest to Climate Change.......... 114Chapter 8 Michigan's Tart Cherry Industry: Vulnerability to Climate Variability and Change........................................................................................................................................ 129Chapter 9 Climate Change Vulnerability and Impacts on Human Health................................ 147Chapter 10 Intra-Urban Variations in Vulnerability Associated with Extreme Heat Events inRelationship to a Changing Climate............................................................................... 164Chapter 11 Historical and Projected Changes in Human Heat Stress in the Midwestern USA 177Chapter 12 Vulnerability of the Electricity and Water Sectors to Climate Change in the Midwest........................................................................................................................................ 192Chapter 13 The Drought Risk Management Paradigm in the Context of Climate Change...... 212Chapter 14 Local Adaptation to Changing Flooshow more