Highlights of Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment (Low Resolution -PDF eBook)

Highlights of Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment (Low Resolution -PDF eBook)
Highlights of Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment (Low Resolution -PDF eBook)
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This book presents the major findings and selected highlights from Climate Change Impacts in the United States, the third National Climate Assessment. The National Climate Assessment evaluates the science of climate change and its impacts across the United States, now and throughout this century. It documents climate change related impacts and responses for various sectors and regions, with the goal of better informing public and private decision-making at all levels. A team of more than 300 experts (see page 98), guided by a 60-member National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (listed on page ii) produced the full report – the largest and most diverse team to produce a U.S. climate assessment. The assessment draws from a large body of scientific peer-reviewed research, technical input reports, and other publicly available sources; all sources meet the standards of the Information Quality Act. The report was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including a panel of the National Academy of Sciences, the 13 Federal agencies of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, and the Federal Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainability.

This Highlights report is organized around the National Climate Assessment’s 12 Report Findings, which take an overarching view of the entire report and its 30 chapters. All material in the Highlights report is drawn from the full report. The Key Messages from each of the 30 report chapters appear in boxes throughout this document.

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About the Author/Agency:

The US Global Change Research Project (USGCRP) is a federation of the research components of 13 federal departments and agencies that supports the largest investment in climate and global change research in the world. USGCRP coordinates research activities across agencies and establishes joint funding priorities for research. USGCRP’s Strategic Plan, adopted in 2012, focuses on four major goals: advance science, inform decisions, conduct sustained assessments, and communicate and educate. The USGCRP agencies maintain and develop observations, monitoring, data management, analysis, and modeling capabilities that support the nation’s response to global change. The agencies that comprise the USGCRP are:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. Department of Defense
U.S. Department of Energy
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of Transportation
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Science Foundation
The Smithsonian Institution
U.S. Agency for International Development

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:

Climate Change and the American People 2
Overview 4
List of Report Findings 12
Climate Trends  16
Finding 1 Our Changing Climate 18
Finding 2 Extreme Weather 24
Finding 3 Future Climate 28
Finding 4 Widespread Impacts 32
Finding 5 Human Health 34
Finding 6 Infrastructure 38
Finding 7 Water 42
Finding 8 Agriculture 46
Finding 9 Indigenous Peoples 48
Finding 10 Ecosystems 50

Finding 11 Oceans 58
Finding 12 Responses 62
Introduction 69
Northeast 70
Southeast & Caribbean 72

Midwest 74
Great Plains 76
Southwest 78
Northwest 80
Alaska 82
Hawai?i & Pacific Islands 84
Rural Communities 86
Coasts 88
Future National Assessments 94
Concluding Thoughts 96
Authors and Staff 98
Photo Credits 105
References 107


This would be a valuable resource for environmentalists, scientists, and anyone interested in more information on climate change.

Product Details

US Global Change Research Program
  • Edited by: Jerry M. Melillo, Terese (T.C.) Richmond, and Gary W. Yohe, Editors
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