North Carolina Climate: A Lifetime of Change
Benjamin Franklin once said, “The only certain things in life are death and taxes,” indicating that change is inevitable. How has the world changed in the last 30 to 40 years? Where would we be without cell phones, DVDs, and the Internet? Ecosystems have also historically changed over time; think logged old growth in the lake states, farming in New England, and fires in the South. What about climate? Has it stayed the same since 1970 or have you noticed drier summers and warmer winters? Greater climate variability is the new norm that will increasingly impact our everyday lives. Whether you live in or travel to the North Carolina mountains, the Piedmont, or the coast, climate change impacts will likely affect your lives in the next 30 years as much as technology has changed your lives during the past 30 years. Join our July Science Café to meet Dr. Steve McNulty, and learn more about the latest research efforts that could influence the way you view how climate change impacts your family.
About our Speaker
Dr. Steve McNulty is a research ecologist and team leader for the USDA Forest Service’s Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center, located on the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. An internationally recognized expert on climate change issues, Dr. McNulty leads the development of research and tools designed to help land managers better understand and cope with climate change impacts on forest management. His research focuses on continental scale forest hydrology, productivity, resource economics, and wildlife and forest diversity modeling, with emphasis given to interactions and response of forests to global climate change and other environmental stresses. Dr. McNulty has written over 150 scientific papers and given hundreds of presentations on this topic during his 30 years of scientific study.
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