May 19, 2010 — This morning in Lake Placid, the Adirondack Research Consortium begins its annual conference. The group gathers to share the latest research and thinking about the North Country.
One of the papers being delivered this week focuses on the impact of climate change in the Champlain Valley. The research was funded by the Adirondack Nature Conservancy in an effort to find out how global warming might affect one relatively small region. The study shows that temperatures have already risen in the Champlain Valley by roughly two degrees Fahrenheit since the 1970s. Increased precipitation has also raised the lake level by an average of a foot. Warming is expected to continue over the next century.
Dr. Curt Stager, a researcher at Paul Smiths College, co-authored the study with Adirondack-based journalist Mary Thill. Stager told Brian Mann that scientists are struggling to understand the local impacts of climate change.