Climate change is happening now, and experts and the science tells us that we should expect it to intensify in the coming years and decades. The time has come for Albemarle County to prepare for the dramatic shifts in temperature, precipitation, and seasonal patterns that climate change is bringing to our region. These changes impact the things we care about and that characterize Albemarle, including our communities, economy, and environment.
Report Shines Light on Local Risks From Climate Change
In 2020, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors crafted and adopted the first phase of its Climate Action Plan. In 2022, Albemarle County partnered with The Piedmont Environmental Council, Resilient Virginia, climate modeling engineering firm Sobis, and Richmond-based marketing firm Green Fin Studio to analyze the risks and vulnerabilities of climate changes within Albemarle County. The study examines extreme heat, drought, flooding, fire, disease and pestilence, and the intersections of all of these hazards. It also views their impacts through the lens of people, the natural environment, our built environment and the economy.
This summary document presents key highlights from the Climate Vulnerability and Risk Assessment. It walks you through current conditions and coming changes, so that you are well prepared to join the conversation around planning for Albemarle County’s future.
June 2022. Prepared by Green Fin Studio.
Based on an extensive review of the best available science, modeling, and data analysis, this assessment identifies which natural hazards exacerbated by climate change will affect our region, who and what in our community will be most exposed to these hazards, and where there is greater vulnerability to adverse impacts.
June 2022. Albemarle County, Sobis Inc., Resilient Virginia and The Piedmont Environmental Council.
What’s at Risk Locally? View the StoryMap
We are already feeling the effects of climate change in Albemarle County and the local impacts are expected to intensify in the coming years. View this online StoryMap to take a closer look at the findings of the Climate Vulnerability and Risk Assessment for Albemarle County released in 2022.
Want to join the climate conversation?
- Visit Albemarle County’s climate protection webpage at albemarle.org/climate to learn more about its ongoing planning efforts and get involved.
- Sign up to receive email updates from Albemarle County on climate programs, events, and progress.
- Sign up to stay informed with PEC!