“Going Local,” Making Climate Assessments More Relevant for New England Decision-makers. Cameron Wake

Presenting data as regionally focused (eg., “Southern New Hampshire”, vs.”New England”), and temperatures in fahrenheit vs. centigrade, are examples that Dr. Cameron Wake cites as ways to more effectively engage audiences that are not steeped in science, but who need its findings to make decisions to prepare for a New England destined to experience more and more extreme weather events.  Drawing on the Northeast Climate Assessment and the New Hampshire Climate Assessment he demonstrates how extreme precipitation events translate into projections regarding flooding for the engineering and land use communities, and shows how maps depicting partial submergence of New Hampshire’s coast have prompted new adaptation planning by communities likely to be affected.

Dr. Cameron Wake is a paleoclimatologist and geochemist by training, and the Josephine A. Lamprey Professor in Climate and Sustainability at the University of New Hampshire Sustainability Institute.  He is the director of Climate Solutions New England, and the faculty director of the University of New Hampshire Sustainability Research Collaboratory.

August 21, 2014