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Climate Change in the Northeast US: Past, Present, and Future

Cameron Wake, University of New Hampshire
Monday, June 16 @ 10:30am


Climate Changes. It always has and always will. However, an extensive and growing body of scientific evidence shows – and 97% of climate scientist agree - that that human activities are now the primary force driving change in the Earth’s climate system. A wide variety of climate indicators show that the Northeast US has been getting warmer and wetter over the past century, and that the rate of change has increased over the past four decades. Extreme precipitation events have also increased dramatically since the 1960s. Statistical downscaling of global climate model simulations indicates that the Northeast will continue to get warmer and wetter, and extreme precipitation events and summertime drought will become more frequent. In addition, sea levels will continue to rise.

A pressing need for significant action to reduce emissions of heat-trapping gases and prepare for the impacts of our changing climate is clearly warranted given the environmental, economic, and humanitarian risks associated with our changing climate. Recent climate assessments developed for New England serve as a foundation for assessing vulnerability and guiding future adaptation efforts.


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