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Northeast Climate Vulnerabilities

Photo of Fourth generation farmer Chris Pawelski’s onion fields were destroyed by flooding from Hurricane Irene in 2011. USDAFourth generation farmer Chris Pawelski’s onion fields were destroyed by flooding from Hurricane Irene in 2011. USDASnapshot : The USDA Northeast Regional Climate Hub is working to help farmers and forest land owners adapt to a changing climate. Forest Service scientists involved in the climate hub published an assessment of the climate vulnerabilities of forests, crops, and animals in the northeastern United States.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Hollinger, David 
Research Location : Northeastern US
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2015
Highlight ID : 872

Summary

The USDA Northeast Regional Climate Hub is working to help farmers and forest land owners adapt to a changing climate. Forest Service scientists involved in the climate hub and their collaborators at Cornell and Pennsylvania State universities published information on the climate vulnerabilities of forests, crops, and animals in the in a publication by the agency’s Northern Research Station scientists.. This assessment highlights recent increases in rainfall intensity and drought in the northeast as well as the danger of late-season frosts. Particular vulnerabilities include soil erosion and enhanced fire danger in certain drier forests. Earlier springs can shorten maple sugaring seasons and increase the vulnerability of apple and other fruit trees to frosts. More pests from the southern parts of the United States, such as the southern pine beetle, have been seen further north in recent times; however, longer growing seasons and warmer temperatures are also leading to better tree and crop growth rates and opportunities with new species or varieties.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)
  • USDA Agricultural Research Service
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • USDA Office of the Chief Economist.
  • Cornell University
  • Pennsylvania State University

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