From Polar Bears to Palm Trees: NJ's Changing Climate
With the devastation wrought by Sandy several years ago, questions have arisen as to whether this is a sign of more severe weather to come in future years. Recent years have also seen massive flooding in our river basins, the wettest year in over a century (2011) and the warmest year (2012). Clearly something is happening to our state's weather and climate, with several potential culprits to blame, foremost being the impact of humans on the regional and global atmosphere and landscape. This seminar will explore NJ's weather and climate in the past, present and future. We will examine the physical system, look at the potential impacts of change on the state, and discuss what can be done to mitigate or adapt to future changes.