The Mid-Atlantic region and its climate: Past, present, and future

Colin Polsky, Jason Allard, Nate Currit, Robert George Crane, Brent Yarnal

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Abstract

The physical and human geographies and the historical climate of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States are described to provide a baseline for an ongoing assessment of likely climate change impacts in the region. This region consists of 358 counties intersecting part or all of 8 states and 4 physiographic zones. This geographic diversity provides different sets of options for societies to adapt to environmental changes. Since 1967, the region's human population has grown in both number (19%) and income (116%), and important local ecosystems are experiencing associated stresses. Since 1895, the region's climate has become slightly warmer (+0.5°C) and significantly wetter (+10%), although the warming has abated recently. Projections indicate that these broad regional socio-economic, ecological and climatic trends should persist through the 21st century. The significance of these changes in society, ecosystems and climate are evaluated in the more detailed, sector-specific analyses in the subsequent articles of this Special.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-173
Number of pages13
JournalClimate Research
Volume14
Issue number3 SPECIAL 7
StatePublished - May 2 2000

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Polsky, C., Allard, J., Currit, N., Crane, R. G., & Yarnal, B. (2000). The Mid-Atlantic region and its climate: Past, present, and future. Climate Research, 14(3 SPECIAL 7), 161-173.
Polsky, Colin ; Allard, Jason ; Currit, Nate ; Crane, Robert George ; Yarnal, Brent. / The Mid-Atlantic region and its climate : Past, present, and future. In: Climate Research. 2000 ; Vol. 14, No. 3 SPECIAL 7. pp. 161-173.
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In: Climate Research, Vol. 14, No. 3 SPECIAL 7, 02.05.2000, p. 161-173.

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