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Research and Innovation

Today and Tomorrow: Our Changing Climate and How We’ll Respond

Across NC State, researchers are helping us understand, prepare for and mitigate the impacts of a warming planet.

Surf fishermen fish along the waves of Atlantic Beach during the last few minutes of daylight.

Climate change is not a singular event that will take place in the future. It’s a long, gradual shift. And no matter where you live or what you do for a living, it will touch your life in some way, shape or form. But that leaves a dizzying number of questions.

What has changed already? What may change next? Can we influence these things? And how can we prepare for our collective future?

Those are all good questions, and researchers at NC State are looking for answers.

To learn about that work, we reached out to experts from across the university. We wanted to know what they were working on and what they’ve already learned about how climate change will affect everyday folks.

Together, they tackle business-oriented areas, such as energy storage, agriculture and government regulations. But they also speak to things that may affect your recreational hours, such as fishing, beer or mosquitoes.

Our goal is to help people understand how things have changed and may change — but also how relevant research at NC State is preparing us to respond. Because when change is coming, it pays to be ready.