A first step to preparing society for climate change is to develop predictions of future conditions with sufficient detail to inform decision makers. This study produced the first-ever set of high-resolution climate projections for the U.S. Territories of Guam and American Samoa. These projections include rainfall, air temperature, and tropical cyclone patterns for the end of the century. Communities on Guam and American Samoa will experience different patterns of climate change. Importantly, the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands have diverse cultural systems and sets of management options. Climate adaptation planning and programs should be tailored to the detailed conditions for each jurisdiction.
This research feature was produced by the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center.
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