Place, Memory, and Climate Change

TitlePlace, Memory, and Climate Change
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsGlassberg, David
JournalThe Public Historian
Pagination17 - 30
Date Published08/2014
Keywordsadaptation, climate change, global warming, memory, sense of place

Scientists warn about the difficulty of predicting ecological relationships as climate conditions for many places begin to move well outside their historical range of variability. In recent years, ecologists have identified ‘‘no-analog’’ communities, associations of species in the past that arose because of novel climate conditions not found at present. They have suggested that the planet is heading toward a similar period of disappearing climates and ‘‘ecological surprises.’’ What role, if any, can history play as Americans enter that new world?