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Future Regional


Climate change assessments are critical for future planning of communities, economies and industries. These are typically conducted from a top-down perspective, starting with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The U.S. Federal government also conducts climate assessments as do state governments. However, these latter reports are typically distillations of the IPCC report, just at a smaller scale (e.g., regions in the U.S. or within a state). For instance, coastal communities worry about sea-level rise and numbers are provided in federal to state reports as one number, such as sea level will rise 10 inches by 2050. However, sea level will certainly not be 10 inches higher at most coastal communities due to geophysical processes. It may be higher, it may be lower, but it will almost certainly not be 10 inches. You need tailor-made assessments from experts for such precise information. 

Such climate assessment reports are also summaries of current scientific findings, with a cutoff date. The next IPCC report is slated to be released in 2021, but will only include science as of December 2019. Consequently, such climate assessment reports are very difficult to interpret for use at a local to regional level and are also out of date. 

CCC offers a solution. We will work with you on developing a bottom-up future climate assessment. What do you want to know? What do you need to know? What can you know? We directly address these questions for you. 

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