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How Will Global Warming Affect Oregon?

OPB | Feb. 14, 2012 9:06 a.m. | Updated: Sept. 10, 2013 11:11 p.m.

How will Oregon be affected by climate change as global temperatures rise and glaciers melt around the world?

That’s the question that Willamette Water 2100 — a team of scientists and economists from Oregon State University, Portland State University, and the University of Oregon — is trying to answer. With near consensus in the scientific community that global warming is occurring, these researchers are looking at how to get the Willamette Valley prepared.

Residents of the Willamette Valley can expect a lack of water as one of the primary results of climate change. Oregon’s glaciers are shrinking, meaning less water will be stored in the mountains over the summer, which could lead to droughts. Combined with a growing population, the Willamette Valley will have to come up with some strategies for how to maintain fair access to a dwindling resource.

Are you in an industry that will be affected by dwindling water or other effects of climate change? What does Oregon need to do to prepare for climate change?

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