When you are older, your hometown is different. That's true for everyone. But for people living today, changes are impossible to ignore.
We regularly review climate change in terms of rising temperatures. But scientists say there is another way of thinking about it: spatial displacement.
In a new study, researchers say that cities in North America in the year 2080 usually feel about 500 miles (800 km) away from where they are – in terms of of violent change occurring in their climate.
That is an average result – based on the talks for 540 urban areas across the US and Canada – presuming that carbon emissions will remain in the course of their present, prudent, business-like of standard rates
The milestone tracks are not just a random city-hop in any random direction. It's almost all over the world went south ̵
"climactic analogues "- that you can explore yourself on an interactive map designed by study co-author Matt Fitzpatrick from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science – is designed to provide" a more relatable, that based on climate change assessment ".
If you can actually call almost science-fiction like relatable city swaps, that is: Washington, DC feels more like a Mississippi lake. New York will be more like the northern Arkansas.
And Houston's climate is crossing the Mexican territory, and no boundary wall can be made to stop it.
"We can use this method to translate a future forecast on something that we can better conceptualize and link to our own experiences," says Fitzpatrick.
"It's my hope that people have 'wow' for a moment, and it sinks for the first time the size of the changes we expect in a single generation."
However , at the current rate of carbon emissions, many transformations known to occur are not easily conceptualized, according to
In the study, researchers have found that many areas in North America today do not actually have existing analogue climate; Their expected future period is a dystopia that we have never encountered before.
"For many urban areas, we have found great differences between the future climate and the best contemporary climatic analogue," the authors write, "which are already being emphasized by the 2080s many cities can experience climate novels with no modern equivalent in the domain of study. "
Normally, unless we do something about today, cities in North America – and cities everywhere – goes to hot places they do not want to go.
Some of these places can drive you in your car today. Some do not exist yet.
But your town is definitely a change, no mistake about it.
The findings were reported in Nature Communications .