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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: INTEGRATION OF CLIMATE VARIABILITY AND FORECASTS INTO RISK-BASED MANAGEMENT TOOLS FOR AGRICULTURE PRODUCTION AND RESOURCE CONSERVATION

Location: Great Plains Agroclimate and Natural Resources Research Unit

Title: Variations of Annual Precipitation and Air Temperature

Authors
item Garbrecht, Jurgen
item Schneider, Jeanne

Submitted to: Miscellaneous Publishing Information Bulletin
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: August 15, 2005
Publication Date: September 30, 2005
Citation: Garbrecht, J.D., Schneider, J.M. 2005. Variations of annual precipitation and air temperature. Grazinglands Research Laboratory Research Publication (Fact Sheet).

Interpretive Summary: This fact sheet addresses multi-year variations in annual precipitation and air temperature. Persistent, multi-year variations in annual precipitation can have significant implications for agriculture and water resources management. Research is being conducted at the ARS Grazinglands Research Laboratory to identify long-lasting precipitation and air temperature variations and to assess their impact on agricultural productivity and water resources availability. Recognition and consideration of persistent climate variations can assist with the selection of agronomic practices, enterprise planning, and water resources management that benefit from positive aspects of climate variations and mitigate negative impacts of climate variations. The fact sheet also directs the reader to a web site where graphics of past climate variations for regions in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas can be found.

Technical Abstract: This fact sheet addresses multi-year variations in annual precipitation and air temperature. Persistent, multi-year variations in annual precipitation can have significant implications for agriculture and water resources management. Research is being conducted at the ARS Grazinglands Research Laboratory to identify long-lasting precipitation and air temperature variations and to assess their impact on agricultural productivity and water resources availability. Recognition and consideration of persistent climate variations can assist with the selection of agronomic practices, enterprise planning, and water resources management that benefit from positive aspects of climate variations and mitigate negative impacts of climate variations. The fact sheet also directs the reader to a web site where graphics of past climate variations for regions in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas can be found.

Last Modified: 7/28/2014
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