New Waves January 2008

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Texas A&M University-Kingsville professors publish climate change book

A recently published book on climate change for South Texas, "The Changing Climate of South Texas 1900-2100: Problems and Prospects, Impacts and Implications," was co-edited by two research professors at Texas A&M University-Kingsville: Dr. James Norwine, Regents professor of geography, and Dr. Kuruvilla Johntwo, Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering associate dean. The book features chapters written by leading scholarly authorities on the effects of climate change on the region's coastal areas, water resources, air quality, ecology and wildlife.

The co-editors and authors use the latest climate data to sketch an outline of what the South Texas region will look like as the 22nd century begins. They predict more frequent heat waves in summer, fewer hard freezes in winter, more prolonged periods of drought, worsening air quality and more extreme individual rainfall events for 2100 in South Texas - a region already known for its unforgiving climate.

"Readers get a fair, understandable depiction of the most current scientific climate data about our area," Norwine said in a university news release. "We also are clear in categorizing our predictions as hypotheses, noting those in some areas that are untested."

Norwine and Johntwo call climate change "...a regional challenge which we believe is the greatest test South Texas has faced since its first human inhabitants arrived 10 or so millennia ago."

Contributors include Dr. Ralph Bingham, Dr. Jhumoor Biswas, Dr. Leonard Brennan, Dr. Kim Jones, Gomathishankar Parvathinathan, Dr. Venkatesh Uddameri, Irama Wesselman and Dr. Jaehyung Yu, all of Texas A&M-Kingsville; Dr. Gene Blacklock of the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program; Dr. James Gibeaut of The University of Texas at Austin; Dr. Robert Harriss of the Houston Advanced Research Center; Dr. Paul Montagna and Dr. John Tunnell Jr., both of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; Dr. Gerald North of Texas A&M University; Dr. John Rappole of the Smithsonian Zoological Park Conservation and Research Center; and Dr. Claudia Tebaldi of the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

To read the Texas A&M-Kingsville news story, click here.

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