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Managing Changing Landscapes in the Southwestern United States


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2011, Managing Changing Landscapes in the Southwestern United States: .


Natural landscapes in the Southwestern United States are changing. In recent decades, rising temperatures and drought have led to drier conditions, contributed to large-scale ecological impacts, and affected many plant and animal species across the region. The current and future trajectory of climate change underscores the need for managers and conservation professionals to understand the impacts of these patterns on natural resources. In this regional assessment of the Southwest Climate Change Initiative, we evaluate changes in annual average temperatures from 1951–2006 across major habitats and large watersheds and compare these changes to the number of species of conservation concern that are found within these places. We found [...]


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The Nature Conservancy established the Southwest Climate Change Initiative in 2008 to assess the impacts of climate change on natural resources in the Southwest. The goal of the Initiative is to provide information and tools to natural resource managers and conservation practitioners for climate adaptation in vulnerable landscapes in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.

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noteRobles, M.D. and C. Enquist. 2010. Managing changing landscapes in the Southwestern United States. The Nature Conservancy. Tucson, Arizona. 26 pp.
valueThe Nature Conservancy.
typePublisher Location
valueTucson, Arizona, USA

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