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Final Report: Building Social and Ecological Resilience to Climate Change in Southwestern Colorado: Phase 1


Burkardt, N., Bidwell, M., Clifford, K., Neely, B., Orth, P., Rangwala, I., Rondeau, R., Wyborn, C., and Yung, L., 2019, Natural resource management decision-making under climate uncertainty: Building social-ecological resilience in southwestern Colorado. U.S. Geological Survey, Cooperators’ Report for the North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center.


Southwestern Colorado is already experiencing the effects of climate change in the form of larger and more severe wildfires, prolonged severe droughts, tree mortality from insect outbreaks, and earlier snowmelt. Climate scientists expect the region to experience more frequent summer heat waves, longer-lasting and more frequent droughts, and decreased river flow in the future (Lukas et al. 2014). These changes will ultimately impact local communities and challenge natural resource managers in allocating water and range for livestock grazing under unpredictable drought conditions, managing forests in the face of changing fire regimes, and managing threatened species under shifting ecological conditions. Considering the wide-ranging [...]


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  • National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers
  • North Central CASC

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