How is the Climate Changing?
Poughkeepsie Waterfront, Hurricane Sandy
Understanding Climate Change in Dutchess
Resilient Ways Forward begins with an analysis of climate data to better understand how the climate is changing in Dutchess County. We then look at how these changes are affecting our transportation system. The chart below summarizes these findings. Read our Climate Change Summary report and Fact Sheet for more information.
For this analysis, we collected data about climate threats from multiple sources, combined with input from stakeholders and the public, and packaged it to show the current and future threats to our transportation system, looking out to 2050 and 2080.
Climate Change Trends Identified in Moving Dutchess Forward
Moving Dutchess Forward, our long-range transportation plan for Dutchess County, examines how to make our transportation system safer, more reliable, and better able to meet people’s basic needs. As part of that plan, we reviewed data to learn how climate change could impact our transportation system, and identified several climate-related trends:
- Rising temperatures
- More extreme weather
- Greater, but uneven, precipitation
- More flooding events
- Impact from sea-level rise and storm surge
- Potential population increase from migration
To learn more about these trends, check out the Climate Change section in Moving Dutchess Forward. For more detailed information about our changing climate, its impacts on transportation, and ways we can address these vulnerabilities, check back here at Resilient Ways Forward.
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