- New York’s Changing Climate [4-page factsheet] - The Earth is warming and New York is too. Just as we are seeing unprecedented rates of change at the global level, we are also observing rapid change in New York, including rising temperatures and changing precipitation patterns, with effects on the natural world and human health. Intense rains and floods, summer droughts, and heat waves are more common than they were in our grandparents’ time. New York’s climate will continue to change over the next 10, 20, and 100 years. This factsheet details the expected effects on ecosystems, farming, human health, and infrastructure.
- Natural Resource Extension Programs and Tools – From the Cornell Department of Natural Resources: ForestConnect, Sugar Maple, Master Forest Owner Volunteer Program, Agroforestry Learning Communities, Wetlands, Streams, and Ponds, and Biodiversity and Habitat Conservation Programs.
- Estuary Watershed Resilience Project – Cornell project building long-term resilience to extreme weather and climate change in the Hudson River estuary watershed.
- NYS Water Resources Institute – Climate Change – Examines the effects on flooding, drinking water, commercial/agricultural water, water quality and more.
- Response to Climate Change in New York State (ClimAID) - NYSERDA, Report 11-18 (2012):
- Water Resources (Chapter 4) – Drinking water, water used for agriculture and hydropower, flooding in non-coastal regions, and overall water quality in the face of climate change.
- Ecosystems (Chapter 6) – Effects on and adaptation strategies for aquatic ecosystems, fish and wildlife, ecosystem services, wetlands, forests, grasslands, invasive species and more.
Find Cornell research projects related to the following subjects:
- Climate Change and Watersheds: Exploring the Links - Combines climate change models and watershed simulations to develop a better understanding of what changes to streams and rivers we might expect over the next several decades (US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2013).
- Evaluating climate impacts on people and ecosystems – Special issue of the Ecological Society of America’s journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (November 2013): assessment of climate change effects on ecosystems, and the consequences for people.
- Climate Impacts on Ecosystems - US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- Climate Change and Watersheds – US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) draft report on Watershed Modeling to Assess the Sensitivity of Streamflow, Nutrient, and Sediment Loads to Potential Climate Change and Urban Development in 20 U.S. Watersheds (2013).
- Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States: Ecosystems - The 2014 National Climate Assessment Report.
- The Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture, Land Resources, Water Resources, and Biodiversity in the United States – Report by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program and the Subcommittee on Global Change Research (2008).
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2014 assessment:
- Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies – Researchers are studying the effects of climate change on ecosystems..
- Fracking and the Future of Global Energy: Golden Age or Dark Age?
- Bringing Back the Pollinators: Protecting These Essential Creatures
- Important Science in an Urgent Age
- Inside Cornell: Health, Climate and Mosquito-Borne Disease
- Project BudBreak
- Climate Change: Prospects for Nature
- Creating a bridge from microbiology to modeling – In this 3-minute, award winning video, Cornell graduate students explain how their study of microbes that release nitrous oxide — a potent greenhouse gas — can help improve climate change models.
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- Preparing for the Forests of the Future - Climate change will reshape our forests. But there is much we can do to help keep them healthy and productive while they adapt.
- Climate Science – Basic information to help you and others better understand climate change issues.
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