Climate programs update: USDA Southwest Regional Climate Hub update

TitleClimate programs update: USDA Southwest Regional Climate Hub update
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsElias E
Conference NameGreat Basin Consortium Conference
Date Published02/2015
ARIS Log Number321717
Abstract

PROGRAM OVERVIEW: The overarching goal of the USDA SW Climate Hub is to assist farmers, ranchers and foresters in addressing the effects of climate change including prolonged drought, increased insect outbreaks and severe wildfires.  In the first year of operations, the SW Climate Hub (est. February 2014) entered into formal agreements with Cooperative Extension in our 6 states (AZ, CA, HI, NM, NV and UT) to create a network for communication and technology transfer between researchers and stakeholders.The Hub funded a climate change module at the 6th grade level and tested it for expansion to urban and rural schools across the region. Over the past year the Hub authored an assessment of the vulnerability of SW working lands to climate change. The SW Hub and Sub Hub endeavor to partner with other climate-related federal, state and tribal programs in support of resilient and adaptive SW communities.