Confronting Climate Change in the U.S. Northeast: Science, Impacts, and Solutions

This report describes the changing climate for the U.S. Northeast region and associated climate change impacts. Both high and low emission scenarios were analyzed to assess the impacts of two very different future climates on the region's coastal areas, marine fisheries, forests, agriculture, winter recreation, and human health sectors. Mitigation and adaptation policy options relevant to Northeast are presented, and the report includes a discussion on how to prioritize adaptation strategies.

The Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment (NECIA) is a collaboration between the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and a team of independent experts to "develop and communicate a new assessment of climate change, impacts on climate-sensitive sectors, and solutions in the northeastern United States." In Phase I of NECIA in 2006, a core set of climate projections was developed for the Northeast region. These projections were used as the basis for the 2007 Phase II of the assessment, which explored sector-specific impacts of climate change. 

Publication Date: July 2007

Authors or Affiliated Users:

  • Peter C. Frumhoff
  • James J. McCarthy
  • Jerry M. Melillo
  • Susanne C. Moser
  • Donald J. Wuebbles

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  • Assessment

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