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New York State Climate Impacts Assessment


The New York State Climate Impacts Assessment is a scientific investigation into how climate change affects communities, ecosystems, and infrastructure in New York State. The NYSCIA was developed in collaboration with academic institutions, science organizations, and community leaders to assess the current and future impacts climate change will have on New York State. The nYSCIA was conducted as part of New York’s climate law, the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which includes mandates to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 and 85% by 2050 from 1990 levels. The act also mandates a zero-emission power sector by 2040, including 70% renewable energy generation by 2030.

The assessment brings together experts from diverse fields such as climate science, ecology, public health, and economics to analyze how climate change will impact the environment, economy, infrastructure, and communities in New YorkState. The assessment includes projections for changes in temperature, precipitation patterns, sea levels, extreme weather events, along with assessments of their impacts on agriculture, water resources, coastal areas, human health, energy demand, and more. The NYSCIA can be used to inform decision-making at the local, regional, and state levels to enhance preparedness.

The agriculture chapter of NYSCIA examines climate impacts on New York State agriculture by commodity, identifies vulnerable populations and ecosystems, investigates adaptation strategies, and summarizes emerging research needs and adaptation strategies. For more information visit the links below.

NYSCIA Agriculture Chapter

NYSCIA Climate Change and Agriculture Fact Sheet