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County Survey on Impacts of Climate Change

By: John Bradley

In our climate smart newsletter we have carried an ongoing conversation

about Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Planning (CARP).


Columbia County, with staff support from Cornell Coop Extension, finalized its CARP plan in March, with sections for each of the 18 municipalities participating in the process.


The survey was distributed to the country and had respondents from all towns including 55 from Claverack. Below are two tables from the Claverack CARP that resulted from the survey. The tables show the answers to the question ‘How threatening are each potential climate hazard?’ and ‘Which risk categories will be most affected?’


Click here to view the reports for any of the towns. Simply scroll down to whichever town you want to view and click the folder. There is also a County folder.

 

Figure 31. How Threatening Each Potential Climate Hazard Might Be to Your Community

Climate Hazards 

Very Threatening 

Somewhat Threatening 

Not Very Threatening 

Not a Threat 

Increase in severe storms

73.08%

21.15%

1.92%

3.85%

Increased drought

73.08%

19.23%

3.85%

3.85%

Increased extreme heat

66.04%

26.42%

0.00%

7.55%

Increase in heavy precipitation

52.83%

37.74%

5.66%

3.77%

Changing seasonal temperatures

49.06%

37.74%

9.43%

3.77%

Reduced snowfall and accumulation

39.62%

45.28%

11.32%

3.77%

Increase in winter storms

37.25%

49.02%

9.80%

3.92%

Increased windstorms

32.69%

46.15%

17.31%

3.85%

Increase of wildfires

32.69%

34.62%

26.92%

5.77%

Increased flooding

20.75%

56.60%

18.87%

3.77%

Sea-level rise

3.92%

11.76%

43.14%

41.18%


Figure 33. How Vulnerable are Risk Categories to the Impacts of Extreme Weather and Climate Hazards

Vulnerable Risk 

Very Vulnerable 

Somewhat Vulnerable 

Not Very Vulnerable 

Not Vulnerable 

Farms and agriculture

78.26%

17.39%

4.35%

0.00%

Utilities (electric infrastructure, renewable energy, water/sewer)


70.21%


23.40%


6.38%


0.00%

Natural assets and open spaces (streams, wetlands, beaches, etc.)


70.21%


21.28%


8.51%


0.00%

Public health and healthcare

50.00%

39.13%

6.52%

4.35%

Emergency services (police, fire, etc.)

43.48%

45.65%

10.87%

0.00%

Critical facilities (transportation, communication, etc.)


40.43%


44.68%


12.77%


2.13%

Historic and cultural landmarks

40.43%

44.68%

10.64%

4.26%

Private property

40.00%

53.33%

2.22%

4.44%

Community services (food pantries, libraries, public agencies)


40.00%


51.11%


6.67%


2.22%

Employment and childcare

35.56%

46.67%

15.56%

2.22%


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