Penn State researchers assessed the effects of changing climate conditions on agriculture, tourism, infrastructure, water resources, forestry, energy and human health in the 2015 Pennsylvania Climate Impact Assessment Update. The experts also made recommendations to help Pennsylvanians prepare and respond.


Click here to download a one-page summary Agriculture Topics in Focus Factsheet (PDF file; available in text format upon request).

Click here to download the Climate Change Topics in Focus Facsheet. 

(PDF file; available in text format upon request).

View the other topics in focus pages: Water Management | Recreation | Health | Forestry | Energy

DEP Reports

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection directed this statewide assessment on climate change under the Pennsylvania Climate Change Act of 2008. Penn State’s interdisciplinary team also prepared the original 2009 Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment, and the 2013 Climate Impacts Assessment Update. The series of reports can be found online at:

Pennsylvania Summers

Summer temperatures in Pennsylvania’s cities are expected to continue to increase and resemble the current temperatures in cities to the south. The map below illustrates these expected future (2041-2070) changes if current trends in heat-trapping emissions continue.

Learn more about what's changing:

Click here to download the PA Summer Weather Factsheet and map.



Penn State Contacts

The following researchers worked on the Agriculture chapter of the DEP report.

Assistant Professor of Production Systems and Modeling
Phone number(s): (814) 863-9852
Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Economics, Director, Environment and Natural Resources Institute
Phone number(s): (814) 865-7657
Professor of Agricultural, Environmental, and Regional Economics and Demography
Phone number(s): (814) 863-8630