William Easterling

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Professor, Geography

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Research focuses on the potential for agriculture in developed and developing countries to adapt to climate variability and change, the role of scale in understanding the vulnerability of complex systems to environmental change, how land use change may influence the uptake and release of carbon in the terrestrial biosphere, the use of experimental long-term climate forecasts to assist decision making under conditions of uncertainty, and the development of methodologies for detecting the impacts of observed 20th century climate change on natural and managed ecosystems.

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Recent Publications

Observed and modeled twentieth-century spatial and temporal patterns of selected agro-climate indices in North America

Terando, A., Easterling, W. E., Keller, K. & Easterling, D. R., Jan 2012, In: Journal of Climate. 25, 2, p. 473-490 18 p.

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Probabilistic projections of agro-climate indices in North America

Terando, A., Keller, K. & Easterling, W. E., Jan 1 2012, In: Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres. 117, 8, D08115.

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Space-time discounting in climate change adaptation

Baum, S. D. & Easterling, W. E., 2010, In: Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change. 15, 6, p. 591-609 19 p.

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Adapting to climate change: Retrospective analysis of climate technology interaction in the rice-based farming system of Nepal

Chhetri, N. B. & Easterling, W. E., Dec 2010, In: Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 100, 5, p. 1156-1176 21 p.

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Modeling path dependence in agricultural adaptation to climate variability and change

Chhetri, N. B., Easterling, W. E., Terando, A. & Mearns, L., 2010, In: Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 100, 4, p. 894-907 14 p.

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A WebGIS system for relating genetic soil classification of China to soil taxonomy

Shi, X., Yang, G., Yu, D., Xu, S., Warner, E. D., Petersen, G. W., Sun, W., Zhao, Y., Easterling, W. E. & Wang, H., Jun 2010, In: Computers and Geosciences. 36, 6, p. 768-775 8 p.

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Globalization and population drivers of rural-urban land-use change in Chihuahua, Mexico

Currit, N. & Easterling, W. E., Jul 1 2009, In: Land Use Policy. 26, 3, p. 535-544 10 p.

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Reliability and input-data induced uncertainty of the EPIC model to estimate climate change impact on sorghum yields in the U.S. Great Plains

Niu, X., Easterling, W., Hays, C. J., Jacobs, A. & Mearns, L., Jan 2009, In: Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. 129, 1-3, p. 268-276 9 p.

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Decadal climate variability in the Argentine Pampas: regional impacts of plausible climate scenarios on agricultural systems

Podestá, G., Bert, F., Rajagopalan, B., Apipattanavis, S., Laciana, C., Weber, E., Easterling, W., Katz, R., Letson, D. & Menendez, A., 2009, In: Climate Research. 40, 2-3, p. 199-210 12 p.

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Accreditation: Wrong path for the geosciences

Bralower, T., Easterling, W., Geissman, J., Savina, M., Tewksbury, B., Feiss, G., Macdonald, H. & Rhodes, D., Oct 2008, In: GSA Today. 18, 10, p. 52-53 2 p.

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