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Climate Profile for The Verde Valley

TitleClimate Profile for The Verde Valley
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsMeadow, AM, LeRoy, S, Weiss, J, Keith, L

Executive Summary

The earth’s climate is changing. Global average temperatures have risen 1.8° F since 1901. Warming temperatures are driving other environmental changes such as melting glaciers, rising sea levels, changes in precipitation patterns, and increased drought and wildfires. The magnitude of future changes will depend on the amount of greenhouse gases (GHGs) emitted into our atmosphere. Without significant reductions in GHGs, global average temperatures could rise as much as 9° F over pre-industrial temperatures by the end of this century. The Verde Valley is also experiencing climatic changes that will impact temperatures, precipitation patterns, ecosystems, and human health and well-being.