Shelter from the Storm

Mar 8, 2023

Southwestern Pennsylvania boasts many attractions, but its weather usually isn’t one of them. In fact, a longstanding population trend is the annual exodus of residents who choose to resettle in Florida, the Carolinas and other warmer climates. But when Jordan Fischbach moved his family from Los Angeles 11 years ago, it was the climate that helped tip the scales in favor of Pittsburgh.

As a policy analyst and researcher, his work centers on understanding the changing climate and how to brace for the projected consequences of rising temperatures. “We did a full multi-criteria analysis of where we wanted to live. One of the major factors we considered was natural hazard risk and climate effects,” said Fischbach, a RAND researcher and the director of planning and policy research at The Water Institute of the Gulf. Full article here.