Kristy Dahl

Senior climate scientist

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Kristina Dahl is a climate scientist who designs, executes, and communicates scientific analyses that make climate change more tangible to the general public and policy makers. Her research focuses on the impacts of climate change--particularly sea level rise--on people and the places and institutions they care about. Dr. Dahl holds a Ph.D. in paleoclimate from the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Cambridge and Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

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In the US West Scorched by Wildfires, We Can Barely Breathe. It’s Going to Get Worse.

We built upon data from a 2016 study projecting future “smoke wave” days to better understand where and for whom smoky days will be of increasing concern as climate change pushes wildfires to new extremes. Read more >

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As Hurricane Laura Bears Down on Gulf Coast, Data Shows How COVID-19 May Affect Evacuations

With Hurricane Laura churning toward the Gulf Coast, hundreds of thousands of people on the Texas and Louisiana coasts are currently under either voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders. Along with the thousands of people who have evacuated their homes due to wildfire threats in California, Gulf Coast evacuees will be adding to the ranks of those hoping to find safer shelter from climate-related events in the time of COVID-19. Read more >

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How Will People Cope With Extreme Heat and Rising COVID-19 Risks This Week?

As we speed toward a future where heat waves like this become the norm, we must do better. Read more >

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New COVID-19 Testing Data Reveal 70% More Positive Results in Non-White US Counties

New data compiled and analyzed by UCS shows that in counties with relatively large non-White populations, 70 percent more people test positive for COVID-19 than in predominantly White counties. Read more >

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Continued Social Distancing Critical for US Regions Where Flooding and COVID-19 Are Set to Collide

New county-level projections for the spread of COVID-19 make clear that reducing direct social contact with one another gives us the best chance of minimizing the chances for cripplingly high coronavirus infection cases in the coming weeks. In regions that could experience significant flooding this spring, strong social distancing measures could reduce the total number of COVID-19 cases by more than two-thirds, from more than 600,000 cases to roughly 170,000.

That means that continuing to reduce social contact with one another will also be the best way to limit the confluence of high COVID-19 infection rates and flood events. Read more >

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