PASG has encouraged hazard resiliency in two important coastal communities in Pennsylvania. Erie and Chester are distinctly different in both regional climate and the impacts they are experiencing from climate change. In the Delaware Estuary, climate impacts are apparent, with sea level rise, storm surge, and heavy flooding threatening the Philadelphia region. In Erie and the Great Lakes, climate related impacts are more subtle, with increased temperatures and severe rain events becoming more apparent over the last several years.
Each region faces unique challenges to working with their communities, and coping with climate impacts. PA Sea Grant’s leadership and climate outreach expertise has been pivotal in building strong and diverse teams of partners to strengthen climate resiliency in greater Philadelphia and Erie communities.