The Los Angeles Basin is often thought of as a dry, smoggy, overdeveloped landscape. But a new study funded in part by CPO's Atmospheric Chemistry, Carbon Cycle, and Climate Program shows that the manicured lawns, emerald golf courses and trees of America’s second-largest city have a surprisingly large influence on the city’s carbon emissions.
Climate change and forecast uncertainty pose major challenges for the infrastructure that would protect New York City from storms like Hurricane Sandy.
According to the study, a ‘new’ Arctic climate, one with less sea ice, higher temperatures, and longer rainy seasons, will emerge by 2100.
Predicting periods of relatively higher flood risk would allow officials to prepare and deploy resources more in advance.
The study, published in Nature, tracked the consecutive days that the atmosphere resides in a particular pattern associated with extreme temperatures and precipitation and found that these patterns are occurring more often as the Arctic warms faster than the mid-latitudes.
Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather.
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