Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

February 1994


Published in Great Plains Research 4:1 (February 1994). Copyright © 1994 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


This book collects the papers from a 1990 symposium in Calgary that brought American and Canadian experts together to share knowledge and insights on the regional implications of global change. The symposium was sponsored by government agencies on both sides of the border, attesting to the recognition of the importance of the issues and implications. The volume opens with nine overview papers on climatic change, climate models, scenarios of international and Plains agriculture under climatic change, socioeconomic adaptability, and response strategies. The following six topical sections each contain five or six brief papers (most with short bibliographies) by specialists. Introductory summaries to each topical section identify the state of and gaps in knowledge, and recommend research initiatives. The topics of focus are agriculture, water resources, forestry, wetlands and wildlife, rangelands, and a catch-all of energy, transportation, and recreation. The symposium summary actually exists as the introduction to the book.