California Climate Scenarios Assessment
In response to Executive Order S-3-05, an evaluation of the implications to California of possible climate changes was undertaken using a scenario-based approach. The “Scenarios Project” investigated projected impacts of climate change on six sectors in the California region. The investigation considered the early, middle and later portions of the twenty-first century, guided by a set of IPCC Fourth Assessment global climate model runs forced by higher and lower greenhouse gas emission scenarios. Each of these climate simulations produce substantial impacts in California that would require adaptations from present practices or status. The most severe impacts could be avoided, however, if emissions can be held near the lower end of global greenhouse gas emissions scenarios.
Reprinted from Climatic Change, Vol. 109: Supplement 1 (2011)
Provides a fascinating glimpse into the possible ecological futures of one of America's most well-known states
The research for this books takes in various views on environmental threats: climate warming, wildfire, forest growth, sea levels, air quality etc
Offers clear government and policy actions and points towards future reaearch directions