A number of scientists have recognized the potential for global climate change
due to the so-called greenhouse effect (e,g. Bolin and Doos, 1986; Harrington, 1987;
Schlesinger, 1991). The measured and expected increase in atmospheric C02 has been
predicted to raise the average temperature of the Earth's atmosphere, leading to
significant changes in the climate of many regions of the world, including the U.S. It is
important, then, to determine the impact of these climate changes on the natural
environment. Accurate predictions of ecosystem responses at watershed and regional
levels would provide guidance for managing and protecting our nation's natural resources
prior to and during a potentially radical change in the average climatological conditions
in the U.S.
National Agricultural Water Quality Laboratory, US Department of Agriculture
Hanratty, Michael P..
Modeling Continuous Non-point Source Inputs from Rural Watersheds to Lakes and Impoundments: A Review of Tools for Predicting Climate Change Effects.
St. Anthony Falls Laboratory.
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