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UNH Scientist Keynote Speaker at Great Bay Climate Change Workshop
By David Sims
EOS Science Writer

March 28, 2012

DURHAM, N.H. -- Research associate professor Cameron Wake of the UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space will give the keynote address at the workshop "Water, Weather, Climate and Community: Climate Change in the Piscataqua/Great Bay Region: Past, Present, and Future" being held March 29, 2012 from 5 - 8 p.m. at the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center at the Great Bay Discovery Center at Sandy Point in Greenland, N.H.

The workshop is the fourth in a series presented by the NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup (http://nh.stormsmart.org). The address will focus on the results of a recent comprehensive report on how the climate of New Hampshire's Piscataqua/Great Bay region has changed over the past century and how it will be affected by future human activities. Wake also serves as director for Carbon Solutions New England (CSNE), which published the report. CSNE is a UNH-based public-private partnership that promotes collective action to achieve a low-carbon society.

The take-home message of the report is understanding that the region's climate has already changed and that efforts must be taken now to both limit the extent of future change and prepare for the inevitable changes that have and will occur, including rising sea levels, increasing extreme precipitation events, and an increase in the number and duration of summertime heat waves.

Notes Steve Miller, the coastal training program coordinator for Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, "Adapting to a changing climate requires both data and information at a spatial and temporal scale that is relevant to decision making. The information compiled in this climate change assessment report, combined with the NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup training programs, will provide the foundation for developing local adaptation plans to a changing climate."

"Our future climate is literally in our hands and the climate future of our children and grandchildren will depend fundamentally on decisions we make today regarding how we produce and use energy," Wake says. "We're in a new climate regime and we've got to start preparing for it, we've got to start investing in our communities by developing local climate change adaptation plans."

To view the report, "Climate Change in the Piscataqua/Great Bay Region: Past, Present, and Future," visit http://carbonsolutionsne.org.