A panel of experts recently released a report that examined the impact of climate change in Vermont. Their predictions? Longer summers, higher precipitation, and the potential for additional major disasters such as what happened with Tropical Storm Irene.
Climate change is no longer a thing of the future; it is affecting Vermont today. The Vermont Climate Assessment (VCA) presents information to help prepare for the impacts and opportunities from Vermont’s fast-changing climate—while noting the potential costs of inaction.
The Vermont Climate Assessment is the nation’s first state-level climate assessment providing data similar to the National Climate Assessment.
Who are the authors?
Dr. Gillian Galford, a climate scientist and professor at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics within the Rubenstein School for Environment and Natural Resources, University of Vermont, is the lead author. Each chapter had one or two graduate students as writers, including: Sam Carlson, Sarah Ford, Ann Hoogenboom, Julie Nash, Elizabeth Palchak, Sarah Pears, Kristen Underwood and Daniel Baker. Bryne Hadnott, UVM research specialist, contributed to analysis of Vermont’s climate data. Dr. Alan Betts, from Atmospheric Research, contributed to climate data analysis and writing of the full report. Additional authors are noted in individual chapters.