"Quantifying Effects of Long-Term Climate Change on Precipitation and Evapotranspiration"

Kenneth Rainwater, Katharine Hayhoe, Kenneth Baake

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Farmers and others living on the Texas High Plains will benefit from knowing current scientific estimates of trends and variability in future climate conditions that could affect water resources and agriculture in their region. Water use planning activities in Texas, based on current conditions, have a time horizon of 50 years into the future. Over this time, however, climate may change significantly. The purpose of this project was to establish robust estimates of future climate changes in the Texas High Plains over the coming century that could be used to improve predictions of irrigation withdrawals and aquifer recharge; therefore, our report presents estimates we believe to be the best possible given current scientific knowledge and computer modeling techniques. The first major task was to summarize available information pertinent to determining potential climate change impacts; however, no comprehensive previous work was found. The second major task expanded the team’s latest wor
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUSDA Agricultural Research Service
StatePublished - Jul 2010


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