Title: Climate-change adaptation on rangelands: Linking regional exposure with diverse adaptive capacity
Author: Briske, David D.; Joyce, Linda A.; Polley, H. Wayne; Brown, Joel R.; Wolter, Klaus; Morgan, Jack A.; McCarl, Bruce A.; Bailey, Derek W.;
Source: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 13(5): 249-256.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Description: The ecological consequences of climate change are predicted to vary greatly throughout US rangelands. Projections show warming and drying in the southern Great Plains and the Southwest, warmer and drier summers with reduced winter snowpack in the Northwest, and warmer and wetter conditions in the northern Great Plains. Primarily through their combined effects on soil water availability, these climatic changes will modify plant production and community composition, which will, in turn, affect the livelihoods of humans who rely upon livestock grazing. The ability of rangeland managers to assess risk and prepare for climate change varies greatly and reflects their different adaptive capacities. Geographically specific exposure to climate change and a diverse adaptive capacity to counteract these changes will require development of varied adaptation strategies that can accommodate the various needs and abilities of livestock managers.
Keywords: climate change, US rangelands
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Briske, David D.; Joyce, Linda A.; Polley, H. Wayne; Brown, Joel R.; Wolter, Klaus; Morgan, Jack A.; McCarl, Bruce A.; Bailey, Derek W. 2015. Climate-change adaptation on rangelands: Linking regional exposure with diverse adaptive capacity. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 13(5): 249-256.
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