USDA’s Regional Climate Hubs were established in February of 2014 to deliver science-based knowledge, practical information, and program support to farmers, ranchers, forest landowners, and resource managers to enable climate-informed decision-making in light of the increased risks and vulnerabilities associated with a changing climate. As part of their function, the Hubs were tasked with providing periodic regional assessments of risk and vulnerability to production sectors and rural economies, building on material provided under the National Climate Assessment conducted through the United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP).
Throughout 2015, eight regional vulnerability assessments have been published that represent all of the Climate Hub regions across the country. With the publication of these Vulnerability Assessments, the Regional Climate Hubs have provided an introduction to the region, regional sensitivities and adaptation strategies for working lands, a greenhouse gas emissions profile with mitigation opportunities, and an overview of how partner USDA agencies are being affected by a changing climate. These vulnerability assessments are an important first step in establishing a baseline “snapshot” of current climate vulnerabilities, and provide region-specific adaptation and mitigation strategies to increase the resilience of working lands in the region.
Click on a region below to read about your region's vulnerabilities and adaptation/mitigation opportunities.
Northeast and Northern Forests Region (includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and District of Columbia)
Northern Forests Abstract