Evidence that local land use practices influence regional climate , vegetation , and stream flow patterns in adjacent natural areas

  title={Evidence that local land use practices influence regional climate , vegetation , and stream flow patterns in adjacent natural areas},
  • Published 1998
We present evidence that land use practices in the plains of Colorado influence regional climate and vegetation in adjacent natural areas in the Rocky Mountains in predictable ways. Mesoscale climate model simulations using the Colorado State University Regional Atmospheric Modelling System (RAMS) projected that modifications to natural vegetation in the plains, primarily due to agriculture and urbanization, could produce lower summer temperatures in the mountains. We corroborate the RAMS… CONTINUE READING
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