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Publications and Research Papers
An Assessment of the Impacts of Climate Change on the Great Lakes
Vulnerability Assessment of US Agriculture and Forests developed by the USDA Climate Hubs (Climatic Change Volume 146, Issue 1-2, January 2018)
Vulnerability of Grain Crops and Croplands in the Midwest to Climatic Variability and Adaptation Strategies
Do Advisors Perceive Climate Change as an Agricultural Risk? An in-depth examination of Midwestern U.S. Ag advisors' views on drought, climate change, and risk management
USDA Midwest and Northern Forests Regional Climate Hub: Assessment of Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies (2015)
Adaptation Resources for Agriculture: Responding to Climate Variability and Change in the Midwest and Northeast
Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles
Specialty Crop Focus
Climate Change Impacts on the Potential Distribution and Abundance of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) With Special Reference to North America and Europe
Vulnerability of specialty crops to short-term climatic variability and adaptation strategies in the Midwestern USA
Specialty Crop Growers' Views and Priorities to Manage Uncertainty in Production Systems: Specialty crops include many kinds of vegetable and fruit plants and trees, each with their own environmental preferences to thrive and be productive. These perennial and annual crops have high levels of sensitivities to the timing and distribution of temperature (frost and high heat), excess water, prolonged periods of wetness and drought, high winds, hail, and long term shifts in climate. Specialty crop growers know that their local weather and climate are the key to productive and profitable crops; and they track their local weather daily and over time to manage their crops. To better understand how growers perceive weather-based uncertainties and the impacts of variable weather on annual and longer-term production, we conducted seven face-to-face meetings with 106 US specialty crop growers and their advisors. The six technical reports below present conceptual maps and priority rankings of the concerns some US growers expressed in 2015 and 2016.
Brief Description of the Midwest Climate Hub
Drought Impacts & CoCoRaHS Reporting
Recent Trends in Climate/Weather Impacts on Midwestern Fruit and Vegetable Production
Potential Geographical Range & Abundance of the Invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bug under Climate Change Scenarios
USDA LTAR Field Day 10-14-2016