Climate Change in New Hampshire: Why Do We Care and What We Should Do About It
Dr. Mary Stampone and Dr. Cameron Wake discussed action that can be taken to both reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for a changing climate. Over the past 50 years, New Hampshire has become warmer and wetter. These trends are projected to continue through 2100. Impacts include more extreme heat, warming winters and decreasing snow cover, and more extreme precipitation. How much our future climate changes depends on how much greenhouse gas we emit into the atmosphere.
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About the Speakers
Dr. Mary Stampone is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of New Hampshire where she teaches undergraduate courses on weather, climate, and natural hazards. As an applied climatologist, her research focuses on monitoring and modeling variability and change in regional-scale climate system processes with an emphasis on hydroclimatic hazards (i.e. drought, flooding, severe weather). Dr. Stampone is also the State Climatologist for New Hampshire, providing citizens, educators, and government agencies with weather and climate information in support of environmental management and adaptation activities. She co-authored the "Northeast" chapter of the 4th National Climate Assessment, served on the NH Coastal Flood Risk Science and Technical Advisory Panel, and continues to serve as a member of the NH Drought Management Team.
Dr. Cameron Wake is a Research Professor at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space at the University of New Hampshire and is the Josephine A. Lamprey Professor in Climate and Sustainability at the UNH Sustainability Institute. Dr. Wake leads a climate change research program, lectures widely on climate change, serves as the program chair for the UNH Sustainability Dual Major, and supports regional collaborative efforts to build resilient, low-carbon communities. He is also a member of the leadership team for UNH Arctic and serves as Chair of the Kittery Maine Climate Adaptation Committee.