From the website description: "This document is one of [a] series of regional climate descriptions designed to provide input that can be used in the development of the National Climate Assessment (NCA). There are nine reports in this series, one each for eight regions defined by the NCA, and one for the contiguous U.S. The eight NCA regions are the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Great Plains, Northwest, Southwest, Alaska, and [Hawaii]/Pacific Islands. While the datasets and simulations in these regional climate documents are not, by themselves, new (they have been previously published in various sources), these documents represent a more complete and targeted synthesis of historical and emission-dependent future climate conditions around the specific regions of the NCA. There are two components of these descriptions. One component is a description of the historical climate conditions in the region. The other component is a description of the climate conditions associated with two future pathways of greenhouse gas emissions based on IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] emission scenarios."
NOAA Technical Report NESDIS No. 142; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Technical Report National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service No. 142
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