Modeling Climate Change and Ecosystem Response-developing Tools to Guide Resource Management in the Southeastern United States
Hughes, W. Brian
Dalton, Melinda S.
Jones, Sonya A.
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Resource managers are at the forefront of a new era of environmental decision making. They must consider the potential effects of climate change on the Nation’s resources and proactively develop strategies for dealing with those changes on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. This requires rigorous, scientific understanding of the interactions among the varying components of atmospheric, hydrologic, terrestrial, and biological systems and the ability to predict the resulting changes to ecological systems. The Southeast Regional Assessment Project is an interdisciplinary U.S. Geology Survey project that is designed to analyze climate change data and develop tools for assessing how climate change is likely to affect wildlife resources.