U.S. National Climate Assesment

THE U.S. Global Change Research Program released the Third National Climate Assessment yesterday, the most comprehensive, authoritative, transparent scientific report on U.S. climate change impacts ever generated.

The report confirms that climate change is affecting every region of the country and key sectors of the U.S. economy and society, underscoring the need to combat the threats climate change presents and increase the preparedness and resilience of American communities.

The findings of the Third National Climate Assessment are fully traceable and supported by metadata through the Global Change Information System (GCIS), a new gateway to Federal global change information that delivers on goals set in USGCRP’s 2012–2021 Strategic Plan. The GCIS enables traceability between environmental data streams (such as observations from sensors and outputs from models) and the resulting scientific findings and publications. Going forward, the GCIS is intended to expand to provide this traceability for other key reports.

The Third National Climate Assessment was developed over four years by hundreds of the U.S.’s top climate scientists and technical experts, guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee, and informed by extensive input from the public and outside organizations gathered through town hall meetings, public comment opportunities, and technical workshops across the country.

Improving energy efficiency remains one of the main weapons in the climate change battle, the U.S., along with the rest of the globe, cannot relax their efforts in improving energy efficiency and sustainable energy sources.

The Third National Climate Assessment is available to download and can be explored interactively through our newly redeployed website. In the mobile-compatible site, every piece of the report is shareable, including graphics, key messages, regional highlights, full chapters, and more. More broadly, the new site features accessible and dynamic information, topical call-outs, resources, and news about global change and related Federal research and engagement efforts.

Wednesday 7th May 2014

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