External Documents

Climate Adaptation & Transportation: Identifying Information and Assistance Needs

This report summarizes the presentations, discussions and recommendations from a workshop, Climate Adaptation & Transportation: Identifying Information and Assistance Needs, held November 16-17, 2011. Funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Sector Applications and Research Program, the workshop was designed and facilitated by the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP).

Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptation

Climate change effects over the next 25 years will be mixed. Continued changes by mid-century and beyond, however, are expected to have generally detrimental effects on most crops and livestock. As temperatures increase, crop production areas may shift to follow the temperature range for optimal growth and yield, though production in any given location will be more influenced by available soil water during the growing season. Weed control costs total more than $11 billion a year in the U.S.; those costs are expected to rise with increasing temperatures and carbon dioxide concentrations. Changing climate will also influence livestock production. Heat stress for any specific type of livestock can damage performance, production, and fertility, limiting the production of meat, milk, or eggs. Changes in forage type and nutrient content will likely influence grazing management needs. Insect and disease prevalence are expected to increase under warmer and more humid conditions, diminishing animal health and productivity. Note: For copies of the figures contained in this document, contact Jennifer Lohr at jlohr@oce.usda.gov or 202-720-8024.

Climate Change Indicators in the United States, 2012

This report is an excellent overview of indicators of climate change. The report includes more than 20 separate indicators, each of which describes trends that are related to causes and effects of climate change.

Climate Change Planning for the Great Plains: Wildlife Vulnerability Assesement & Recommendations for Land and Grazing Management

This report assesses the climate-related vulnerability of key grassland wildlife in the Great Plains. It also documents research questions to be addressed in the future regarding the management of grassland habitats and conservation of grassland birds.

Climate Change: Evidence, Impacts, and Choices

This booklet provides easy-to-understand explanations of the evidence for human-caused climate change, climate change impacts, and choices that can be made to reduce the impact of and prepare for climate change.

Climate Literacy, the Essential Principles of Climate Sciences

This resource provides the basic fundamentals of the climate system and is an excellent introductory item for anyone interested in climate.

Coastal Community Resilience Index: A Community Self-Assessment

This self-assessment guide provides step-by-step instructions to help coastal communities determine whether they will be able to function after a hurricane, tropical storm, or coastal flood-related disaster. Completing this assessment can help communities become more disaster resilient.

Coastal Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerabilities: 2012 Technical Input Report to the 2013 National Climate Assessment

The report, one of a series of technical inputs for the third National Climate Assessment (NCA) conducted under the auspices of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, examines the known effects and relationships of climate change variables on the coasts of the U.S.. It describes the impacts on natural and human systems, including several major sectors of the U.S. economy, and the progress and challenges to planning and implementing adaptation options.

Communicating and Learning About Global Climate Change

This guide provides educators with ideas and skills that are central to K-12 students' understanding of the science of climate change, the process of scientific inquiry, and the trade-offs and constraints implicit in making choices about technology.

Ecological Impacts of Climate Change

This booklet provides an overview of the ecological impacts of climate change, including specific focuses on different areas of the Unites States. Geographical highlights include the Pacific Coastline, Alaska and the Arctic, Western Mountains, Southwestern Deserts, Central U.S., Southeast, and the Northeast.