Columbia University has generated a set of projections of physical climate variables such as temperature, precipitation, extreme events like heat waves and heavy storms, and sea level. These projections use the best available global climate models, downscaled for New York, and they cover multiple climate scenarios through the end of the 21st century—and in some cases, beyond. Final results and corresponding documentation are available for download below.
Additional Results to Come
The assessment team is finalizing several additional products, including a peer-reviewed technical report on impacts and adaptation strategies across all major sectors, an economic impact assessment, case studies, and materials that summarize the results of the assessment in short, user-friendly form.
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- Climate Needs Assessment for New York State [PDF]. Prepared by Columbia University in 2020, this assessment analyzes current use, future needs, and gaps in climate information with the goal of incorporating diverse input into the New York State Climate Impacts Assessment.
- Responding to Climate Change in New York State: The ClimAID Integrated Assessment for Effective Climate Change Adaptation (ClimAID). Prepared by Columbia University, the City University of New York, and Cornell University in 2011 and updated in 2014 using new climate models, ClimAID provided decision-makers with information on the state’s vulnerability to climate change and facilitated development of adaptation strategies.