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Puerto Rico’s state of the climate 2014-2021

September 1, 2022

The climate of Puerto Rico is influenced by the changing global climate. The following chapters present the current knowledge of the geophysical and chemical drivers and signals of global climate change as they affect the climate of Puerto Rico and influence the climate-dependent services, risks, and vulnerabilities that govern human well-being. These include sustainable economic development, delivery of ecosystem services, the conservation of natural and cultural resources, resiliency in built and natural systems, and food security. The chapters draw on global expertise of land, atmosphere, and ocean geophysical interactions associated with increasing greenhouse gases that drive global warming and on local scientific expertise, data, observations, and modeled projections. They present the global warming scenario (section 1), the contribution of Puerto Rico to global climate change as GHG emissions and aerosols (section 2), the context of natural climate variability (section 3), observed and projected trends in temperature (section 4), rainfall (section 5), sea level rise (section 6), ocean acidification and sea surface warming (section 7), and the expected implications of warming climate on tropical cyclones affecting Puerto Rico (section 8).

Publication Year 2022
Title Puerto Rico’s state of the climate 2014-2021
Authors William A. Gould, Ernesto Dias, Adam Terando, Mark Jury, Jared Bowden, Patricia Chardon, Melissa Meléndez Oyola, Julio Morell
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype Other Government Series
Index ID 70249920
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center