MEDIA ADVISORY:
UNH Holds 'Virtual' Press Conference Sept. 11 to Release Report Outlining Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change on New England

By Sharon Keeler
UNH News Bureau
603-862-1566

September 5, 2001


WHAT: The University of New Hampshire's Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space will hold a "virtual" press conference to unveil the report of the New England Regional Assessment Group, which outlines the potential consequences of climate variability and change on the region (the six New England states and upstate New York). What the report reveals is striking. The New England we know today will be profoundly changed over the next century, with impacts on weather, air quality, human health, the natural environment and the regional economy.

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: Reporters will have the opportunity to call a dedicated phone line during this two-hour period and interview several of the report's scientists.

DETAILS: Speakers include Barry Rock, professor in UNH's Complex Systems Research Center; George Hurtt, research assistant professor in UNH's Complex Systems Research Center; Barry Keim, N.H. State Climatologist and UNH associate professor of geography; and Henry Walker, from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The New England Regional Assessment (NERA) is the product of a four-year effort to characterize the impacts to the region of a changing climate since 1895, the current understanding of factors known to influence our regional climate, and projections of possible future regional climates. The overall goal of the NERA was to determine the potential impacts of future climate change by evaluating selected sectors -- forests, water resources and human health -- considered to be important to the New England region. It is one of 16 regional assessments conducted for the U.S. Global Change Research Program as part of the National Assessment of climate change impacts on the United States.

CONTACT: Sharon Keeler at 603-862-1566 if you wish to participate in the virtual press conference. You must register to get the press conference phone number.

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