Land Use Planning with Changing Climate

APA Pennsylvania Chapter


Wednesday, February 21, 2018
noon - 1:15 p.m. EST

CM | 1.25

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The climate of a place, region, or the globe is normally defined by long term averages of weather variables – e.g., average daily temperatures, average rainfall, snowfall, the average minimum and maximums, etc.  Climate is not static and changes.  Climate change in a place, region, or the globe is defined as changes in the climate variables.  Statistical analyses are used to test for climate change. Temperature and precipitation data for Pennsylvania indicate that our climate is changing, and we expect it to continue to do so. 


This webinar will describe what is known about contemporary and expected climate change in Pennsylvania, how the impacts of climate on people and places in Pennsylvania are highly dependent on land use and landscapes, and the essential role of land use planning, broadly defined, for adapting climate change.  It will describe concepts planners interested in addressing climate change may find useful, including the kinds of climate change information that is available and that is and is not "actionable," and decision making considerations and paradigms they may find useful.


A discussion of the effects of climate change as influenced by land use and implications for land use planning will be presented.


James Shortle, PhD

Jim Shortle is a Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Economics and Director of the College of Agricultural Sciences Environment and Natural Resources Institute. He has been on the Penn State faculty since receiving his Economics from Iowa State University in 1981. His research and teaching are ... Read More

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