Pennsylvania Climate Impact Assessment - 2009

This report presents an assessment of projected climate change impacts for Pennsylvania - sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and prepared by the Environment and Natural Resources Institute at Pennsylvania State University.

Pursuant to the Pennsylvania Climate Change Act (Act 70) of 2008, DEP was required to develop a report on the potential impacts of global climate change on Pennsylvania’s climate, human health, the economy and the management of economic risk, forests, wildlife, fisheries, recreation, agriculture and tourism. Most of the sectors considered in this report were those explicitly mandated by Act 70. Some other sectors were added in consultation with DEP and recommendations from the Pennsylvania Climate Change Advisory Committee including ecosystems, energy, insurance, and water resources.

This 300+ page report provides extensive background information on global climate change, climate modeling and general projections for Pennsylvania, and sectoral impacts expected for the state. An overview of the methodology for the assessment summarizes the key elements of a three step process, which included assessing how the Pennsylvania’s climate might change over the next century, selecting sectors for assessment, and then conducting each sector assessment.

Each sector is thoroughly reviewed with details on all related impacts along with explicit adaptation strategies. Sector chapters include historical and projected overall climate change implications, specific impacts to the state, adaptation strategies, challenges and opportunities, and further information needs.  

Publication Date: June 29, 2009

Authors or Affiliated Users:

  • James Shortle
  • David Abler
  • Seth Blumsack
  • Robert Crane
  • Zachary Kaufman
  • Marc McDill
  • Raymond Najjar
  • Richard Ready
  • Thorsten Wagener
  • Denice Wardrop

Related Organizations:

  • Pennsylvania State University (Penn State)
  • Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

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  • Assessment

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