Tuesday, December 8, 2015 -
6:45pm to 8:30pm
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Appalachian Mountain Club, 5 Joy Street, Boston

Climate Change, Energy, and the Outdoors Series: Impacts of Climate Change in the Northeast

In this two part presentation we will learn of impacts of climate change on the nature and outdoor recreational resources of the Northeast United States.

Robert Buchsbaum, Regional Scientist with Mass Audubon, will focus on the impacts of climate change on the nature of Massachusetts and adjacent New England States based on recent scientific studies. He will use birds, salt marshes, fisheries, forests, and vernal pools as examples of things undergoing changes from our natural world. We will learn which changes have already occurred due to warming temperatures and higher sea levels and then follow this with projections into next 50 to 100 years.

David Publicover, Appalachian Mountain Club's Assistant Research Director,  will focus on impacts in the mountains of the Northeast. AMC's research focuses on causes of and changes to the Northeast's sub-alpine forest and alpine plant communities and examines the resistance and resiliency of these ecosystems to climate change and air pollution. AMC's Joe Dodge had the insight to initiate daily weather measurements in the 1930's on Mount Washington's summit, and at AMC's Pinkham Notch, NH facility. Today these are some of the best long-term climate data sets for mountains in the world, and important tool AMC now uses to study climatic trends and their impact on northeastern mountain ecosystems.

This event is part of a series: Climate Change, Energy, and the Outdoors—an educational series co-sponsored by the Appalachian Mountain Club, Mass Audubon, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Contact Name: 

Michael P. O'Connor

Research Areas: 

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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