Managing Changing Landscapes in the Southwestern United States

Marcos Robles
Created: 12/31/2010 -

Abstract

This regional assessment examines the impacts of temperature change from 1951-2006 on natural resources in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. It documents that warming has already affected habitats, watersheds, and species in the Southwest, by influencing the timing of seasonal events or amplifying the impacts of natural disturbances such as wildfire and drought. The report concludes that to begin adapting to climate change, natural resource managers should reevaluate the effectiveness of current restoration tools, modify resource objectives, learn from climate-smart adaptive management and monitoring, and share information across boundaries.

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Organization(s)

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.

Keywords

Scale
Regional / Subnational
Sector Addressed
Conservation / Restoration
Forestry
Water Resources
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Capacity Building
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Air temperature
Biodiversity
Fire
Growing season
Invasive / non-native species, pests
Precipitation
Range shifts
Tourism
Water quality
Water supply
Water temperature
Sociopolitical Setting
Rural
Suburban
Region
Southwest