National Climate Assessments

USDA Southwest Climate Hub staff contributed to the Fourth National Climate Assessment and the Fifth National Climate Assessment. The assessments are mandated by congress under the Global Change Research Act of 1990 and are the most authoritative assessment of climate impacts, risks and responses in the United States. 

National Climate Change Roadmap

Members of the USDA Southwest Climate Hub participated in the development of the National Climate Change Roadmap.

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

Two special issues in the journal Climatic Change feature vulnerability assessments of agriculture and forestry across the Nation written by the Climate Hubs and their partners.

Spatio-temporal Analysis of Federal Crop Insurance Xause of Loss Data: A Roadmap for Research and Outreach Efforts

Federal crop insurance provides a financial safety net for farmers against insured perils such as drought, heat, and freeze. In this white paper, we analyze publicly-available Federal crop insurance…

FireCLIME Vulnerability Assessment Tool

FireCLIME VA is a tool designed to assess ecosystem vulnerability to the effects of fire and climate regime change. It also facilitates the comparison of different ecosystem management strategies…

Drought Vulnerability Assessment to Inform Grazing Practices on Rangelands

The USDA Southwest Climate Hub and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) worked together to produce two drought vulnerability assessments at the Major Land Resource Area (MLRA) level based on…

Assessment of Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies

A report describing the potential vulnerability of crops, forests and animal agriculture to climate-driven environmental changes (SW and CA Hub regions).

Drought Impacts in the Southwestern Region

This report contains a synopsis of the presentations and work group sessions from the Region 3 Drought Workshop, held on May 31 – June 1, 2017 in Albuquerque, NM.
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