Oregon's first climate report released

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Rising temperatures, drier summers, heavier rain and a rising sea level are among the concerns raised by the first Oregon Climate Assessment Report released Tuesday.

A collaborative effort on the part of some 70 scientists from universities, government agencies and organizations, the report was requested by the Oregon Legislature. The final product is 400-pages in length and is available online via the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute's homepage.

The report highlights the potential for water shortages — which would be detrimental to the agriculture industry — coastal flooding and wildfires. Average temperatures could rise as much as one degree Fahrenheit per decade through the century while summer precipitation could decline by about 14 percent by the year 2080. Areas where population is growing are more subject to climate change, the report states.

The Oregon Climate Change Research Institute was formed in September, funded by a $3.5 million federal grant. The director of the institute, Philip Mote, said Oregon faces significant challenges but added there is still work to be done.

"There are some clear gaps in our research knowledge that must be addressed – especially the economic impacts of climate change – if we are to help communities, businesses and organizations better prepare for the future," Mote said in a press release.

The Oregon Climate Assessment Report, released as United Nation climate talks are underway in Cancun, Mexico, is modeled on similar reports produced in Washington and California, but Mote said it covers new ground, including greater emphasis on the marine environment, fish and wildlife, and human dimensions.

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