Planning for Change
atlanticbeach_nctourism Curious About Climate?
Weather — the daily or weekly atmospheric conditions we experience.
Climate — the long-term average weather conditions over different time periods that is characteristic to a region?
Climatology — the study of climate that includes historical climate characteristics, ranges of natural variations in climate and long-term climate change.
The climate, or the long-term patterns of weather — and the way in which these patterns change over time — affects a variety of planning decisions. This includes water resource management, utilities and infrastructure, environmental quality, fisheries, recreation and tourism.


In partnership with South Carolina Sea Grant, our climate extension specialist, Jess Whitehead, will help local officials in the Carolinas address planning issues related to weather patterns and climate change. To learn more about issues that could affect your community, view a sampling of Whitehead’s discussion papers:

For more information or to schedule a visit to your community, please contact: Jess Whitehead, Climate Extension Specialist; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Photos: NC Department of Commerce (Division of Tourism), Scott Taylor