Climate Change – Hudson River   Leave a comment

  • Impacts of Climate Change in New York
    • What happens when the climate changes?
      • Already Happening
        • Temperature
        • Precipitation
        • Sea-Level Rise
        • Natural Resources
      • Future Scenarios
        • Temperature
        • Precipitation
      • Sea-level Rise, Storm Surge, and Flooding
      • Climate Change and Health

Source: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

  • Climate Change Program for the Hudson River Estuary
    • The primary climate risks identified for this region include increased frequency and severity of:
      • Flooding, which can impact our waterfront properties and infrastructure
      • Heat waves, which can impact human health and agriculture
      • Short-term drought, which can impact our food and water supply

Source: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

  • Climate Change Impacts in New York
    • A summary of the threats that climate change poses to the people, businesses and ecosystems of New York
      • What New York Can Expect:
        • Estimated minimum of 5° F increase in temperature by 2100
        • Damage to coastal habitat, property and infrastructure due to sea level rise
        • Declining drinking water quality and  quantity
        • Increased costs to dairy and agricultural farming
        • Declining freshwater and saltwater fish populations
        • Further degradation in air quality leading to exacerbated unhealthy conditions

Source: The Nature Conservancy, Global Climate Change

  • Rising Waters – Helping Hudson River Communities Adapt to Climate Change Scenario Planning 2010 – 2030 Final Report
    • Executive Summary  –  Climate Change is already evident in the Hudson Valley — and is predicted to accelerate in the coming years.  There is no point trying to sugar-coat it. Most climate scientists  expect climate in the Hudson Valley to change dramatically over the course of the coming century. The Rising Waters project aims to strengthen the preparedness and adaptive capacity of the Hudson River Estuary Watershed (HREW) to meet the impacts of future climate change.  To help people think about the expected local impacts of climate change — and how the Hudson Valley might prepare for them, the Rising Waters project used scenario planning methodologies, first developed at Royal Dutch Shell. Creating scenarios educates participants on important aspects of complicated problems and helps to build a shared conceptual framework for dialogue leading to potential solutions. Scenarios build adaptive capacity because they build shared group understanding.

Source:  The Nature Conservancy, Eastern New York Chapter


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