Climate Change

U.S. National Assessment of Climate Change (2000)

U.S. National Assessment of Climate Change

This comprehensive study of the vulnerabilities and potential impacts of climate change on the U.S. was mandated by the Global Change Research Act of 1990. It includes studies looking specifically at 19 different U.S. regions. Assembled by hundreds of experts from academia and elsewhere, it was completed in the late Clinton administration and partly suppressed by the Bush administration.

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Climate Crash: Abrupt Climate Change and What It Means for Our Future

Climate Crash: Abrupt Climate Change and What It Means for Our Future

(National Academies, 2005) The fossil record of ancient climate suggests that some climate change happens abruptly, rather than gradually as our basic models predict. This report explores some of the many processes, like ocean currents, which could cause abrupt change. One implication is that our generation could discover that we have less time than we think to address manmade greenhouse warming.

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US Global Change Research Information Office

US Global Change Research Information Office

The US is required by a 1990 law to maintain the GCRIO to disseminate scientific research and other information useful in preventing, mitigating, or adapting to the effects of global change. Unable to disband the office, the Bush administration has given it little funding support. Its online library of key studies and documents from past years is still valuable.

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US Forest Service Research and Development — Climate Change

US Forest Service Research and Development — Climate Change

USFS has an extensive ongoing R&D program regarding climate change. The program provides long term research, scientific knowledge, expertise, regional resources and tools that can be used to manage, restore, and conserve forests and rangelands.

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DOE Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center

DOE Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center

An arm of the Energy Dept.'s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, the CDIAC focuses on research and data collection about carbon dioxide and the Earth's carbon cycle. It also tracks other greenhouse gases through its World Data Center for Atmospheric Trace Gases.

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NOAA Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics Laboratory

NOAA Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics Laboratory

This research component of NOAA conducts all kinds of basic monitoring programs to compile long-term series of measurements and observations of the conditions that may be involved in climate change. The CMDL has now been merged into the Global Monitoring Division of the Earth System Research Laboratory.

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