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The Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture, Land Resources, Water Resources, and Biodiversity in the United States

Created: 7/19/2017 - Updated: 11/29/2019


This report provides an assessment of the effects of climate change on U.S. agriculture, land resources, water resources, and biodiversity. It is one of a series of 21 Synthesis and Assessment Products (SAP) that are being produced under the auspices of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP).

This SAP builds on an extensive scientific literature and series of recent assessments of the historical and potential impacts of climate change and climate variability on managed and unmanaged ecosystems and their constituent biota and processes. It discusses the nation’s ability to identify, observe, and monitor the stresses that influence agriculture, land resources, water resources, and biodiversity, and evaluates the relative importance of these stresses and how they are likely to change in the future. It identifies changes in resource conditions that are now being observed, and examines whether these changes can be attributed in whole or part to climate change. 

Published On

Saturday, May 31, 2008


National / Federal
Sector Addressed: 
Conservation / Restoration
Land Use Planning
Water Resources
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Governance and Policy