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Tuesday, October 18 • 11:00am - 11:30am
Technical Session. Assessing the Impact of Climate Change on the New England Winter Sport Industry

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AUTHORS: William Hansen, Worcester State University

ABSTRACT: The winter sport industry is an important part of the New England economy as well as an integral component of the New England psyche. The impacts of climate change has caused great uncertainty in the industry and will require economic and technologic innovations to deal with the fluctuations in the length of the winter season, temperature variation and snow pack fluctuation. To examine in detail the continuing changes at the largest ski resort in Massachusetts, the Earth Science program at Worcester State has entered into a cooperative monitoring and assessment program with Wachusett Mountain ski resort and the Mass Department of Environmental Conservation. Continuous monitoring weather stations and soil probes will be installed on Mount Wachusett and vegetation and small mammal surveys will be conducted to examine the environmental and physical changes that have occurred and will occur.

Tuesday October 18, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
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