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More high-heat days in the summer. More devastating storms in summer and winter. Heavier precipitation and more frequent floods. Drought and water restrictions.
“Climate change is here and now,” said Dennis Ojima, university director of the North Central Climate Science Center, professor of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability in the Warner College of Natural Resources and the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University, one of the authors of the NCA. “This report documents the effects of climate change throughout the nation and what we are doing to deal with these changes.
Colorado State University has been involved in gathering and analyzing data for the National Climate Assessment since the first assessment was completed in 2000.
In addition to Ojima, CSU faculty were lead or contributing authors on several regional chapters and contributed technical input and expertise throughout the NCA process. Not only does CSU have some of the nation’s best experts in natural resources, water and climate, but involvement in the NCA also furthers the land-grant mission of the university to be engaged in broad issues affecting society.
Several new chapters have been added to the NCA this year, and CSU researchers have had input to nearly all of them: Response Strategies: Adaptation, Mitigation, and Decision Support; Indigenous Peoples; and sectoral “cross cuts” such as Energy, Water, and Land Use, among others.
The complete 2014 National Climate Assessment is available at http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/downloads