New National Climate Assessment Unveils Northeast Climate Trends: Rising Sea Levels, Rapid Ocean Warming, and Increased Heavy Downpours

November 14th, 2023

Today marks the release of the highly anticipated Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5), a comprehensive report on climate change trends, impacts, and solutions across the United States. The assessment reveals compelling data pointing to our region’s vulnerability to the warming climate. 


Key Findings for the Northeast: 

More Heavy Downpours: The Northeast is experiencing a significant increase in heavy downpours, impacting communities, infrastructure, and water management systems.

Rapid Ocean Warming: The assessment highlights alarming trends of accelerated ocean warming along the Northeast coast, with implications for marine ecosystems and fisheries. 

Rising Sea Levels: Coastal areas in the Northeast are witnessing rising sea levels, posing threats to coastal communities, habitats, and infrastructure. 

The National Climate Assessment is the foremost source of climate information in the United States, influencing policies and strategies for mitigating the impacts of climate change. Produced by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, NCA reports are crucial tools for communities, cities, states, the private sector, and the federal government in preparing for the current and future challenges posed by climate change. 

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