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DNREC: New Delaware Climate Impact Assessment offers detailed look at past, present, future of climate change

The Delaware Climate Change Impact Assessment, a comprehensive statewide report produced at the direction of DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara and DNREC’s Division of Energy and Climate, is now available on DNREC’s website. The Delaware Climate Change Impact Assessment provides a summary of the best available science on the potential impacts of climate change to people, places, and resources in Delaware. The purpose of the Climate Change Impact Assessment is to increase Delaware’s resiliency to climate change by understanding and communicating the current and future impacts of climate change.

The new report includes:

  • A summary of past climate trends and future climate projections for Delaware;
  • A synthesis of the best available climate science that describes current and future impacts of temperature, precipitation, and sea level rise;
  • A summary of potential impacts to Delaware resources in five sectors: public health, water resources, agriculture, wildlife and ecosystems, and infrastructure;
  • The previously-released report, “Climate Change Projections and Indicators for Delaware,” which was posted online in late January, and projects increasing temperatures, more extreme heat days, and more frequent heavy rain events through the year 2100.