Climate Change: Outlook for Ohio to 2050. Thomas W. Blaine, Ph.D. Associate Professor Ohio State University Extension October 15, 2009. Ohio’s climate has changed in the past 150 years. it is about 1.2 degrees F warmer in the 2000s than in the 1860s
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Thomas W. Blaine, Ph.D.
Ohio State University Extension
October 15, 2009
Ohio’s average warming will be about the same as for the planet generally
if we assume CO2 at 450 PPM, and an average warming of 1.75 to 2.00 degrees, then:
imagine northern tier counties like
Hancock, Richland, Wayne and Mahoning with climates we see today in southern tier counties like Adams, Scioto, Lawrence, and Gallia
this will present some challenges to navigation and marinas – more frequent dredging will be required
cold water fish species like musky and trout would begin to be replaced by other species like blue gill and bass
winter household heating requirements will fall substantially - more than offsetting increased demand for cooling in the summer
Much of what happens will depend upon how we respond to the challenges and opportunities of living in a warmer Ohio