State Climate Summaries of Our Region
Below are summaries on how a changing climate could impact states in the South Central regions. To learn more about other states, visit State Climate Summaries.
Additional Information on Climate Variability
Planning & Adaptation Tools
There are more ways to adapt to a variable and changing climate than could be described on a single page, but this is where decision makers, communities and individuals can begin. To help you start your climate planning & adaptation process, we have provided a few tools.
SCIPP Planning Tool
The Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP) has helpful resources for learning about climate adaptation. Click below for the latest SCIPP resources. Also from Cake.org: Extremes to Ex-Streams: Ecological Drought Adaptation in a Changing Climate
CAKE Adaptation Tool
Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) is the perfect way to get started on learning about climate adaptation! Explore topics, regions or adaptation phases and share lessons or ideas with others in the field.
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The Climate Interpreter & Climate Blog, is an excellent resource for those looking to learn more about a changing climate through collaboration and communications.
Additional Planning & Adaptation Resources
This is a national and government climate adaptation strategy for ecosystems affected by climate change from the Department of the Interior and Council on Enviornmental Quality. A quick snapshot of the details in this document are outlined in the following three summary docs:
This resource should assist you with finding the best strategy to start the adaptation planning process.
A summary of lessons learned from Tribal innovations related to climate change adaptation.
Information on how to work with climate adaptation tools in the U.S. National Parks.
Read up on how farmers in Osage County are adapting to a changing climate.
This is a report geared for 21st century resource managers planning to adapt forward-looking actions in the wake of climate change.
When beginning to plan, consider the social aspects and impacts of climate variability. This paper from the United States Department of Agriculture gives insight into the key details of social vulnerability.
A report by CASC researchers and partners provides an overview of global climate models in a risk management context and how it will be used.
This report explains scenario planning as a climate change adaptation tool in general and then applies it to a specific case.
Resilient lands and waters shown on this map may be conserved by a wide range of measures from good land stewardship, to other forms of private land conservation, to outright fee or easement acquisition by various levels of government.
A collaborative piece on the assessment vulnerability to climate change is recommended for better prepare for adaptation planning.
New Mexico’s climate is changing fast. However, the current trends in temperature and snowpack represent a new climate phenomenon. This paper discusses the future climate of New Mexico.
Read more from the National Park Service on the Big Bend area.
A database of resources linking to different climate adaptation tools.
This report and the 2021 Update analyze historic observations of temperature, precipitation, and extreme weather in Texas and identifies ongoing and likely future trends out to the year 2036.
Explore potential changes in streamflow based on future climate projections from the South Central CASC.