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Climate-change clearinghouse will offer info to all

No longer an abstract concept, climate change is affecting the air, sea and land. To comprehend the effects on New York and the Northeast region, scientists begin collaborating this summer on the New York Climate-Change Science Clearinghouse, a Web-based, map-enabled reference library and climate database to be headquartered at Cornell.

A team of academic, nongovernmental, state and federal scientists will develop the project. At Cornell, Art DeGaetano, professor of climatology and director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Northeast Regional Climate Center, will lead the effort.

Climate change affects all sectors of the New York economy. “This project will provide the information necessary for policy- and decision-makers to reach scientifically sound decisions regarding climate change,” said DeGaetano. The public also will have access to the data.

Over the past two years, New York has experienced sufficient extreme weather, raising concern for climate change. “As we adjust to the reality of a changing climate, it is imperative that we understand the associated risks and challenges that greatly affect New York’s natural resources, communities, public health and economy,” said N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo in an Earth Day speech.

Cornell is New York’s land-grant university, and Mann Library – the agriculture and life sciences library – will play a key role by helping to create a seamless repository linking data, maps, and scientific and policy documents in disseminating information. “We see the climate-change science clearinghouse as a critical part of our land-grant, core mission,” says Mary Ochs, director of the Mann Library.

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