State turns to climate analyst | The News Journal | delawareonline.com
In a world of dire scientific warnings about climate change, Delaware on Friday announced that it has hired a nationally recognized expert to help it develop detailed projections for changing conditions along the state’s coasts, farms, cities and suburban neighborhoods.
Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, will fill the knowledge gaps Delaware officials face in planning for rising temperatures, changes in rainfall patterns, extreme weather events and other weather trends during this century...She has done similar work in California, Chicago and the Northeast region, adding that Delaware was a “natural” place to continue her work. In October, Hayhoe was one of the scientists named to a four-year, $750,000 National Science Foundation-funded effort to determine how climate change will affect roads and bridges and future infrastructure design requirements.
Delaware will pay $46,000 for its state-specific work, expected to be complete in draft form by March. The Delaware data will be incorporated into a scientific white paper on Climate Change Vulnerability for the state that is expected to be complete by the end of March...Hayhoe and other researchers have pointed out that climate models, including past estimates by the United Nations, have systematically underestimated rates of change.