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Climate Change Could Affect “Leaf Peeping” Season

UConn researchers Yingying Xie and John Silander have projected shifts in the yearly onset of autumn, taking into account not just changing temperatures but extreme factors such as drought, frost, and other stresses. They show that while northern New England could experience later leaf changes, coastal southern New England could see a shift toward an earlier autumn season.

The New England satellite study area (shaded band) covers the Connecticut River Valley and parts of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, and New Hampshire for the years 2001 to 2012.

Infographic depicting the late onset of Autumn in northern New England, which is projecting later leaf changes, while coastal southern New England a shift toward an earlier autumn season
oak, maple, and ash tree silhouettes

“If more CO2 remains in the atmosphere, it could create a negative feedback loop that accelerates climate change. — Yingying Xie


  1. Dave Seaman says:

    Wow….The climate effects leaf color. Only for the history of the world. Now there is a news story! The story would be if it did not. Any excuse for a “climate” story.

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