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Sectoral Impacts of Drought and Climate Change

Sectoral Impacts of Drought and Climate Change

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This project examines the impacts of drought and climate change on climate sensitive sectors in the Southwest, focusing on agriculture as well as outdoor recreation and tourism.  The effects of drought on income and employment will be estimated.

 

For the buffelgrass portion of this project, we have developed a decision tool that, when fully operational, would allow decision makers to use Excel to (a) manage data layers, (b) use cell formulae to maintain spatial and dynamic relationships, and (c) use the chart function to produce maps of costs, damages, weed population, and treatment recommendations. The model is not yet a “turnkey” system that can be easily used by managers, but we are working in this direction. We are also working on developing improved treatment “rules of thumb” which would allow managers to prioritize treatment areas without having to re-run complex simulations.