Member Highlight: Climate Of North American Cities Will Shift Hundreds Of Miles In One Generation

2019-02-19T10:09:39+00:00 February 19, 2019|
(Credit: Sgt. Randall A. Clinton / U.S. Marine Corps)

(Credit: Sgt. Randall A. Clinton / U.S. Marine Corps)

New web application helps visualize climate changes in 540 North American cities

(From University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science/ By ) — In one generation, the climate experienced in many North American cities is projected to change to that of locations hundreds of miles away—or to a new climate unlike any found in North America today. A new study and interactive web application aim to help the public understand how climate change will impact the lives of people who live in urban areas of the United States and Canada. These new climate analyses match the expected future climate in each city with the current climate of another location, providing a relatable picture of what is likely in store.

“Within the lifetime of children living today, the climate of many regions is projected to change from the familiar to conditions unlike those experienced in the same place by their parents, grandparents, or perhaps any generation in millennia,” said study author Matt Fitzpatrick of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. “Many cities could experience climates with no modern equivalent in North America.”

Scientists analyzed 540 urban areas that encompassed approximately 250 million inhabitants in the United States and Canada. For each urban area, they mapped…

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