What changes in climate are projected for the region?
(New York City)

• A warming trend has been observed since 1900 in the New York metropolitan area. Global climate models (GCMs) project that the rate and amount of warming, as well as the frequency and severity of extreme events such as heat waves and droughts, will increase over the twenty-first century. In addition, sea-level rise would lead to more damaging coastal floods, salinization of aquifers, loss of coastal land, and other effects.

• The New York metropolitan region periodically experiences heat waves, floods, and moderate droughts. Global climate change may increase the frequency, severity and/or duration of these extreme weather events, which could negatively affect the economic stability of the region as well as individual health and safety. Recent heat waves, droughts, and floods can serve as examples for what we can expect to experience in the future.

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