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Item #d91oct58

Processes for Identifying Regional Influences of and Responses to Increasing Atmospheric CO2 and Climate Change--The MINK Project: An Overview (DOE/RL/01830T-H5), N.J. Rosenberg, P.R. Crosson, 35 pp., 1991. Request TR052A from CDIAC, US DOE, Oak Ridge Nat. Lab., Oak Ridge TN 37831 (615-574-0390).

Prepared by Resources for the Future, Inc., Washington, D.C. Focused on the states of Missouri, Illinois, Nebraska and Kansas (the MINK Region, encompassing four major land resource areas) with the goal of improving the methodological base for assessment of the regional impacts of climate change and of responses to it. Developed a scenario of climate change by drawing on the 1930s to provide an analog of anticipated climate change, and compared this decade to a "normal" period (1951-1980). For the MINK Region of 2030, with a climate like that of the 1930s, concluded that impacts on water resources would be major and severe. Although by 2030 the impacts on forestry would not be fully felt in the long term, they would be severe; however, forestry is a very small part of the MINK economy. The regional economic impacts of the climate change on agricultural and other natural resource sectors are likely to be small, except at the margins.

Other reports, all dated Aug. 1991, are:

Processes for Identifying Regional Influences of and Responses to Increasing Atmospheric CO2 and Climate Change--The MINK Project: Report I. Background and Baselines (DOE/RL/01830T-H6; TR052B), N.J. Rosenberg, P.R. Crosson et al., 113 pp.

...Report IIA. Agricultural Production and Resource Use in the MINK Region without and with Climate Change (DOE/RL/01830T-H7; TR052C), P.R. Crosson, L.A. Katz, J. Wingard, 123 pp.

...Report IIB. A Farm-Level Simulation of the Effects of Climate Change on Crop Production in the MINK Region (DOE/RL/01830T-H8; TR052D), W.E. Easterling III, M.S. McKenney et al., 222 pp.

...Report III. Forest Resources (DOE/RL/01830T-H9; TR052E), M.D. Bowes, R.A. Sedjo, 123 pp.

...Report IV. Water Resources (DOE/RL/01830T-H10; TR052F), K.D. Frederick, 153 pp.

...Report V. Energy (DOE/RL/01830T-H11; TR052G), J. Darmstadter, 60 pp.

...Report VI. Consequences of Climate Change for the MINK Economy: Impacts and Responses (DOE/RL/01830T-H12; TR052H), M.D. Bowes, P.R. Crosson, 58 pp.

Item #d91oct59

Models to Assess the Response of Vegetation to Global Change (EPRI EN-7366), 28 pp., 1991, $200 (EPRI nonmembers). From Elec. Power Res. Inst., Res. Rpt. Ctr., POB 50490, Palo Alto CA 94303 (415-965-4081).

Describes use of the ROPIS models (Response of Plants to Interacting Stresses) to simulate an individual plant's response to factors related to global changes in atmospheric CO2 and climate.

Item #d91oct60

Research Needs Associated with Global Change Impacts on Southern Forested Wetlands: Summary of a Workshop Convened by the Consortium for Research on Southern Forest Wetlands (Feb. 13-14, 1991, Baton Rouge, La.), 19 pp., 1991. Contact K. Joyner, So. Global Change Prog., USDA For. Serv., 1509 Varsity Dr., Raleigh NC 27606 (919-737-3311).

Held to identify the major issues and research needs associated with the potential impacts of global change on forested wetlands. These are categorized as they apply to plant/community, ecosystem/landscape, management and other issues.

Item #d91oct61

Impact of Carbon Dioxide, Trace Gases and Climate Change on Global Agriculture (ASA Spec. Pub. 53), 133 pp., 1990, $15. From Amer. Soc. Agronomy, CSSA/SSSA Hq., 677 S. Segoe Rd., Madison WI 53771.

Item #d91oct62

Impacts of Climate Change on United States Aquaculture, J.T. Everett, 19 pp., 1990. Contact the author: Nat. Marine Fish. Serv., NOAA, 1335 East West Hwy., Washington DC 20910. Aquaculturists should consider the potential of climate change now in planning new operations or renovating facilities.

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