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Impact Climate Change Will Have on New York State, USA

43.9N 77.2W

June 22nd, 2013 Category: Climate Change, Lakes AVHRRMetOp

USA and Canada – June 21st, 2013

Climate change in New York state may cause some initially positive effects for certain people, in general it is creating alarming issues. While the long-term outlook for grape-growers in the Finger Lakes region (lower right quadrant) is favorable, it is less than optimal for skiers and other winter sports enthusiasts in the Adirondacks. Fir and spruce trees are expected to die out in the Catskills, and New York City’s backup drinking water supply may well be contaminated as a result of seawater making its way farther up the Hudson River.

These possibilities — modeled deep into this century — are detailed in a new assessment of the impact that climate change will have in New York State. If carbon emissions continue to increase at their current pace, ttemperatures are expected to rise across the state by 3 degrees Fahrenheit by the 2020s and by as much as 9 degrees by the 2080s.

That would have profound effects on agriculture across the state. For example, none of the varieties of apples currently grown in New York orchards would be viable. Dairy farms would be less productive as cows faced heat stress. And the state’s forests would be transformed; spruce-fir forests and alpine tundra would disappear as invasive species like kudzu, an aggressive weed, gained more ground.

If the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets melt, as the report says could happen, the sea level could rise by as much as 55 inches, which means that beach communities would frequently be inundated by flooding. The effects of climate change would fall disproportionately on the poor and the disabled, since in coastal areas in New York City and along rivers in upstate New York there is a high amount of low-income housing that would be in the path of flooding (click here for more information).

Lakes Huron, Erie and Ontario in the USA and Canada

43.8N 81.2W

April 22nd, 2011 Category: Lakes

USA - April 15th, 2011

Three of the five North American Great Lakes can be observed in this image of USA and Canada. At the upper left is Huron, with Lake Erie near the bottom and Lake Ontario to the right. Some of New York State’s long, thin Finger Lakes can also be observed below the eastern half of Lake Ontario.

Tan and greenish sediments can be observed in Lake Erie and framing the southern shores of Lake Huron. Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes, on the other hand, appear mostly sediment-free.

Near the top of the image, a faint dusting of snow can be seen across the Canadian landscape. Interestingly, when this area was observed two weeks ago (click here for previous article), the snow cover was thicker and extended south into the USA.


Great Lakes of North America – April 9th, 2011

45.0N 82.4W

April 8th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

USA and Canada - March 30th, 2011

Snow dusts the ground in Canada to the north of the Great Lakes, while the terrain in the USA to the south is less snow-covered but partially obscured by clouds.

Lakes Superior (left, above) and Michigan (left, below), are partially visible, while Lakes Huron (center), Erie (right, below) and Ontario (right, above the former) can be seen in their entirety. Also visible south of Lake Ontario are the thin, parallel Finger Lakes of New York State.

Ice on Lake Michigan and Other Great Lakes, USA and Canada – February 28th, 2011

43.7N 87.2W

February 28th, 2011 Category: Lakes

USA - February 10th, 2011

Some sediments can be seen near the southeastern shores of Lake Michigan, USA. Much of the rest of the shoreline visible here is framed by ice, and the land nearby is snow-covered.

In the full image, Lake Michigan can be observed completely, and three other Great Lakes are visible (from left to right): Lake Huron, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. All of the lakes show some ice covering, although Lake Erie is less frozen than its neighbors. Several of the Finger Lakes in New York State also stand out as unfrozen parallel navy lines amidst the snowy landscape.

Wildfire and Bodies of Water Near Lake Ontario

43.5N 77.7W

December 3rd, 2009 Category: Fires, Lakes, Rivers

Canada - November 18th, 2009

Canada - November 18th, 2009

The Saint Lawrence river flows from southwest to northeast out of Lake Ontario, forming the border between the Canadian province of Ontario (above)  and the US state of New York (below). The river connects the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean and is the primary drainage of the Great Lakes Basin.

Other lakes are visible near Lake Ontario, including the long, thin Finger Lakes (lower right quadrant) in New York State, the rounded Lake Simcoe (center left edge) and the northeastern tip of Lake Huron (bottom left corner). Away from the lakes, in the upper left corner, a wildfire can be seen releasing smoke towards the northwest.