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Analysis of Rainfall Variables Trends and Potential Vegetation Responses in Sinaloa, México

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Based on monthly data from 55 meteorological stations from the North Pacific Watershed, seven annual rainfall trends were estimated and analyzed using non-parametric tests. The estimated slopes were analyzed in a geographic context to determine a potential spatial arrangement. Finally a brief analysis of the potential vegetation response from the different physiographic regions and the implications in the productive analysis is discussed. The findings indicated divergent trends in all the proposed variables, in general increasing and drier trends were found. Latitude was the most relevant factor regarding trend behavior in geographic terms. The lack of awareness and apathy from the authorities in the region were found, plus the regional vulnerability may originate notorious and serious consequences if the proper measures are not taken into account.

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Higareda, C. , Guevara, L. , León, S. , Zazueta, J. and Martínez, J. (2014) Analysis of Rainfall Variables Trends and Potential Vegetation Responses in Sinaloa, México. American Journal of Climate Change, 3, 338-352. doi: 10.4236/ajcc.2014.33030.

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