Climate Science

Climate refers to the average meteorological conditions and patterns in a region over a long time period. These meteorological conditions include measurements such as temperature, precipitation, and wind. In other words, climate can be described as the 'average weather'. Although weather can change rapidly from day to day and can be difficult to predict, climate is much more predictable. For example, the weather where we live dictates what we wear each day, which can change dramatically from one day to the next. However, the climate influences the type of clothes we have in our closet, which is generally consistent from year to year (CCRC).

Climate science investigates the earth’s climate, incorporating many disciplines including meteorology, oceanography, physics, chemistry, ecosystem sciences, and more.

Text from the USDA Forest Service Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC)

A project designed to build a virtual consortium of Masters and Doctoral students working on climate adaptation in agriculture and forestry. Nominated by a university partner within the USDA Northeast Climate Hub network, GradCAP scholars work with Climate Hub leadership,…

How are climate change and weather variability affecting Northeastern producers? Farmers, foresters, and other land owners in the Northeast are already feeling the pressures of a changing climate and increasing weather variability. In recent years the Northeast has experienced…

This report provides an overview of regional agriculture and forest sensitivities to climate change and suggests adaptation strategies that can help build resilience.  The Northeastern United States is a diverse region containing the seven most densely populated States in the…

This webinar series builds on capacity within USDA to deliver science-based knowledge and practical information to farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners. Browse below for a list of archived events, and learn about upcoming, new webinars by joining our quarterly e-newsletter…

The USDA Northeast Climate Hub, in conjunction with the University of Maryland, hosted a regional workshop to address the USDA 'Building Block' approach to greenhouse gas mitigation. The workshop took place over the course of two days in March of 2016 at the National…

Adaptation to Climate Change: Information and Tools for Decision-Making On October 17th and 18th, 2017 in Syracuse New York, members of the USDA Climate Hubs, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and Agriculture, Agri-Food Canada, Cornell University and Ouranos convened and…

Cattle & Dairy Farming in the Tropics ADAPTA Climate Change Adaptation Project from the Caribbean Climate Hub Date: December 2015 | Runtime: 13:13 | Language: Spanish with English Subtitles The first video of the ADAPTA series presents Dr. Guillermo Ortiz of the…

Climate change is expected to make agricultural production more uncertain leaving producers and land managers to adapt to new and changing weather patterns and markets. Regionally significant research and data improve knowledge of the effects of climate change and provide…

This growing network of climate-informed demonstration sites is designed to take you to the field and make you feel 'As If You Were There.' Field tours are a powerful teacher because they are an ideal way to see how farm and forestry practices work in the real world. Consider…