Central to understanding risk and developing effective climate mitigation, adaptation and resilience options is access to the latest and most authoritative information about likely future climate change and associated impacts. Through our engagement with the U.S. National Climate Assessment and our network of experts across higher education and government, here we provide resources that we know are of high quality and have been widely-used and recognized.
The Third U.S. National Climate Assessment is the most comprehensive and rigorous report on U.S. climate impacts and options to date. The entire report as well as highlights can be found at the official NCA page: http://nca2014.globalchange.gov
- The Third U.S. National Climate Assessment report.
- Regional Climate Scenarios and maps (from the U.S. National Climate Assessment)
- Two-Page Factsheets for each regional climate scenario (9 in total)
- Sea Level Rise scenarios (from the U.S. National Climate Assessment)
- The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Reports (these are technical, but represent the most comprehensive synthesized global climate knowledge)
- EPA's climate change site (regional and sectoral breakdown of climate information as well indicators of change and response)
NOAA's climate resources (these are many and varied, but here are a select few that might be the most useful for climate information suitable for adaptation planning:
- Climate.gov (especially the decision support section)
- The National Climatic Data Center climate change information
- NASA climate visualizations for the U.S. (part of the National Climate Assessment effort)
The figure above is from a series of regional climate assessments produced for use in the National Climate Assessment by NOAA.