Tool Shows Northeast Climate Change by County

The Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions (CICSS) has developed a new online tool: Climate Change in Your County. “The tool allows you to zoom in on your particular county in the Northeast to see how global climate change is really happening in your own backyard,” said Art DeGaetano, professor of climatology in Cornell’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and director of the Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC) at Cornell. Using data from 1950 to 2013, and climate models showing future trends, the tool presents useful information for farmers, educators, gardeners, and community leaders, such as growing season length statistics, annual growing degree days, precipitation trends, and climate projections. The new tool is housed at the Cornell’s Climate Smart Farming program website, which has agricultural decision support tools and resources to help farmers better manage climate change.