2013 SW Climate Change Assessment

Assessment of Climate Change in the the Southwest United States


Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States is a technical report prepared for the Third National Climate Assessment (https://nca2014.globalchange.gov/). The report was published in 2013, and was the first deliverable of the SW CASC. It is a synthesis of knowledge (from some 120 contributing experts) on climate and its effects on the people and landscapes of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, the U.S.– Mexico border region, and the lands of Native Nations. The report offers decision makers and stakeholders a substantial basis from which to make informed choices that will affect the well-being of the region’s inhabitants in the decades to come.

The full report, along with all figures and a Spanish version of the Summary for Decision Makers, are available on the SWCCAR site.

Many current and past SW CASC Principal Investigators and staff contributed to the report:

Tim Brown (Desert Research Institute)

Dan Cayan (Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego)

Michael Dettinger (U.S. Geological Survey)

Carolyn Enquist (U.S. Geological Survey)

Erica Fleishman (Colorado State University & University of California, Davis)

Gregg Garfin (University of Arizona)

Alexander Gershunov (Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego)

Sarah LeRoy (University of Arizona)

Glen MacDonald (University of California, Los Angeles)

Beth Rose Middleton (University of California, Davis)

Mark Schwartz (University of California, Davis)

Brad Udall (Colorado State University)

Kelly T. Redmond (previously at the Desert Research Institute)

Jonathan Overpeck (previously at the University of Arizona)

Click here to visit the SWCCAR site!

Click the attachment above to download the full Climate Change Assessment Report!