Climate change effects on the intensification of the hydrologic cycle will have consequences for agricultural production and soil conservation across many U.S. regions. Common to most regions are projected increases in temperature and sometimes precipitation amounts, along with increased intensity and frequency of extreme events. Increases in temperature lead to increases in evapotranspiration (ET) and soil drying/aridity. Drought frequency and severity will increase, rain-free periods will lengthen, and individual precipitation events will become more erratic and intense, leading to more runoff (Wathall, et al. 2013. Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptation. USDA Technical Bulletin 1935.).
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