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Assessing Regional Climate Services Through Cooperative Extension

Assessing Regional Climate Services Through Cooperative Extension

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Abstract: Cooperative Extension (CE) has over 100-years of experience in delivering science-based decision support to clientele from multiple sectors. The CE structure enables a high level of connectedness and awareness of local issues and provides opportunities to assess local and multi-sector climate service needs. We are working through CE offices to capture snapshots of local climate science and service needs across rural areas of AZ and NM. Since CE agents in these states work closely with both private land owners/producers (e.g. ranchers and farmers) and state/federal natural resource managers, we will be able to assess both the needs and interconnections between private and public resource managers, consistent with the ‘nested matrix’ concept of assessing climate change impacts and responses at multiple scales.

Deliverables:
1) Brugger, J. and M. Crimmins. 2013. The art of adaptation: Living with climate change in the rural American Southwest. Global Environmental Change 23(6): 1830-1840. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2013.07.012

2) Brugger, J. and M. Crimmins. 2014. Designing institutions to support local level climate change adaptation: Insights from a case study of the US Cooperative Extension System. Weather, Climate and Society. (In Press).