Presentation on theme: "Cameron Wake Carbon Solutions New England Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, & Space (EOS) University of New Hampshire 6."— Presentation transcript:
Cameron Wake Carbon Solutions New England Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, & Space (EOS) University of New Hampshire Twitter: @TheClimateDr 6 Dec 2012 US Green Building Council NH Chapter Annual Meeting Its Not Oil and Water: Blending Climate Solutions & Sustainable Development
Were You Ready for the Storm? NASA Earth Observatory Image 30 October 2011 Were You Ready for the Storm?
“Although they produce distinct types of challenges, climate change, energy security, and economic stability are inextricably linked.” http://www.defense.gov/qdr/ Quadrennial Defense Review 2011
http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/ Global Temperature 1880-2010 (meteorological stations)
Burakowski et al., 2008, JGR Northeast Winter Temperature Trends 1895-2008
Burakowski et al., 2008, JGR Northeast Winter Temperature Trends 1965-2008
Durham, NH Lawrence, MA 4 Inch Precipitation Events by Decade 1948 - 2007
Costs from Presidentially Declared Disasters And Emergency Declarations in NH
Relative Sea Level Rise 1856 - 2011 Nantucket, MA 18 Apr 2007 Saco. Maine 17 Apr 2007
Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment Collaboration between Union of Concerned Scientists and 50 independent scientists Geographic Scope Nine Northeast states, from Maine to Pennsylvania Peer Review Climate Dynamics, 2007 14 papers in Adaptation and Mitigation of Climate Change, 2008 www.climatechoices.org
Projecting Future Climate Change for the Northeast: Greenhouse Gas Emission Scenarios
Projecting Future Climate Change for the Northeast: Rising Annual Temperatures 2 o F warming since 1970 Higher: 6.5-12.5 o F Lower: 3.5-6.5 o F
Summer heat index: How hot summers will “feel” in New Hampshire Days per year over 90 o F
Extreme Precipitation Events Increase Heavy rainfall events are becoming more frequent across the Northeast Under both emissions scenarios -rainfall is expected to become more intense -periods of heavy rainfall are expected to become more frequent credit: Associated Press Bridge over Axe Handle Brook, Rochester, NH May 2006.
Vulnerability of Ski Resorts to Climate Change Higher Emissions
0 16 32 47 63 79 Sea Level Change (inches) 8 24 40 55 71 Projection of Sea Level Rise from 1990 to 2100 Vermeer and Rahmstorf (2009) Global sea level linked to global temperature. PNAS 106, 21527–21532.
Cameron Wake Elizabeth Burakowski Eric Kelsey Carbon Solutions New England Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space University of New Hampshire Katharine Hayhoe Anne Stoner Texas Tech University Chris Watson Ellen Douglas Univ. of Massachussets Boston http://CarbonSolutionsNE.org
NH Climate Action Plan More info at: http://CarbonSolutionsNE.org One of the largest, most diverse collections of leading NH citizens Promotes growth of new jobs and renewable energy development Reduces energy costs Identifies 67 recommended actions buildings electricity generation, transportation & land use natural resources government action adaptation Reduce greenhouse gas emissions 44% below 2005 levels by 2025 86% below 2005 levels by 2050
Overarching Strategies to Achieve Goals 1.Maximize energy efficiency in buildings & transportation 2.Increase renewable & low-emitting heat & electric power sources 3.Protect our natural resources to enhance the amount of carbon sequestration 4.Develop an integrated education, outreach and workforce training program 5.Develop plans to adapt to existing and potential climate change