Laura Sagar uses climate data of the frequency and severity of heavy rain events—and how they are changing—to evaluate her county's culvert infrastructure. Understanding the region's rainfall extremes will allow the county to improve the resilience of its roadways.
Already a threat to fish, mussels, and other marine creatures, low-oxygen “dead zones” are expected to increase in both size and number as greenhouse gas concentrations and global temperatures continue to rise.
In the Northeast, the amount of rain that came down in very heavy events increased by more than 70 percent between 1958 and 2010. A new law in New York requires state agencies to start thinking ahead about increases in extreme rain and other climate change risks.