Radley Horton from Columbia University Earth Institute will speak on climate projections for New York City. The $20 billion Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR) Plan for New York is grounded upon climate risk information provided by the New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC). This expert panel, tasked with advising the City on climate-related issues, completed a ‘rapid response’ climate assessment with updated climate projections.
Cameron Wake is a research associate professor in climatology at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space at the University of New Hampshire. He also has a joint appointment in the UNH Department of Earth Sciences and is the Josephine A. Lamprey Fellow in Climate and Sustainability at the UNH Sustainability Institute.
The American Security Project (2011) report estimates that failure to address climate change could result in a $22 billion hit in GDP and nearly 100,000 jobs lost in New England between 2010 and 2050. Some of the projected impacts of climate change, such as warmer temperatures, faster than global-average sea level rise, and erratic changes in precipitation and extreme events (such as hurricanes and snowfall events), are already being felt in New England.
Pearson and colleagues (2013) recently showed how the expansion of shrubs and trees in the Arctic could promote even further warming through a series of postive feedbacks. Their modeling study that estimates the future composition and distribution of vegetation across the Arctic indicated shrubs and trees could expand by as much as 50% over current levels by 2050.