Regional Climate Change Assessment for the Next 100 years: Impacts, Mitigation, and Adaptation

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. Global climate models all predict that hydrologic intensification is a key element of climate change and that the northeastern US is particularly vulnerable. As isolated weather extremes, such as Hurricane Sandy showed, the socio-economic impacts of only heavy rain, flooding, and sea level surges in the Northeast United States can be extraordinarily damaging. It is imperative that the region prepares itself for future risks posed by climate change.


The Yale Climate & Energy Institute, in collaboration with researchers from the University of New Hampshire, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and MIT are organizing to generate high-resolution regional temperature and hydrological projections for future scenarios of CO2-induced global warming for the Northeast sector of the U.S. for the coming century. YCEI will work to expand research coalitions with other universities and groups and apply climate model results to determine changes in the range of infectious disease such as Lyme and mosquito-born viruses, changes in ecology, agricultural stress, changes in forest compositions, and coastal impacts. The ultimate goal of the program is to assess the range of climate impacts in order to develop mitigation and adaptive strategies for the Northeast, and specifically for New Haven and Yale University, for the coming century.

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