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Vulnerability Assessments of U.S. Agriculture and Forests (2018)

The Climate Hubs and their partners' work was published in two special issues of the scientific journal Climatic Change. These articles shed light on region and sector-specific vulnerabilities on working lands, and offer paths forward to help land managers and rural communities adapt, mitigate risk, and build resilience in a changing climate.

Agriculture

Vulnerability of California specialty crops to projected mid-century temperature changes

Specialty fruit production in the Pacific Northwest: adaptation strategies for a changing climate

Erratum to: Specialty fruit production in the Pacific Northwest: adaptation strategies for a changing climate

Evaluating opportunities for an increased role of winter crops as adaptation to climate change in dryland cropping systems of the U.S. Inland Pacific Northwest

Vulnerability of field crops to midcentury temperature changes and yield effects in the Southwestern USA

Cascading impacts of climate change on southwestern US cropland agriculture

Groundwater depletion and climate change: future prospects of crop production in the Central High Plains Aquifer

Vulnerability of crops and croplands in the US Northern Plains to predicted climate change

Vulnerability of Southern Plains agriculture to climate change

Vulnerability of grain crops and croplands in the Midwest to climatic variability and adaptation strategies

Vulnerability of specialty crops to short-term climatic variability and adaptation strategies in the Midwestern USA

Unique challenges and opportunities for northeastern US crop production in a changing climate

Climate change and coffee: assessing vulnerability by modeling future climate suitability in the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico

Fire

Fire weather and likelihood: characterizing climate space for fire occurrence and extent in Puerto Rico

Carbon

Translating national level forest service goals to local level land management: carbon sequestration



The USDA Climate Hubs also published a series of regional vulnerability assessments in 2016 to provide their stakeholders with a baseline “snapshot” of current climate vulnerabilities, along with specific adaptive management strategies to increase the resilience of working lands in each region. They also include regional greenhouse gas profiles, which identify opportunities to reduce emissions and increase carbon sequestration. Each document also gives an overview of how partner USDA agencies are being affected by and addressing changing climate conditions.