External Documents

Effects of Climate Variability and Change on Forest Ecosystems

This report is a scientific assessment of the current condition and likely future condition of forest resources in the United States relative to climatic variability and change. It serves as the U.S. Forest Service forest sector technical report for the National Climate Assessment and includes descriptions of key regional issues and examples of a risk-based framework for assessing climate-change effects.

Federal Actions for a Climate Resilient Nation

The report provides an update on actions in key areas of Federal adaptation, including: building resilience in local communities, safeguarding critical natural resources such as freshwater, and providing accessible climate information and tools to help decision-makers manage climate risks.

Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - Summary for Policymakers

This Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report is an excellent summarized edition of the 4th assessment report from 2007. The report is both concise (18 pages) and produced in a manner suitable for non-scientists.

Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - Synthesis Report

This report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a summarized synthesis of the three lengthy working group documents which comprised the 4th IPCC assessment report. While still long at 73 pages, the synthesis report is a condensed version and serves as an excellent resource for readers interested in learning about the current state of science regarding climate change.

Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States

This document represents the most up-to-date scientific understanding of climate change impacts in the United States. The report represents a synthesis of research conducted through early 2009.

Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States - Coasts Chapter

This document provides the current scientific understanding of climate change impacts on the coasts of the United States. The report represents a synthesis of research conducted through early 2009.

Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States – Great Plains Chapter

This document provides the current scientific understanding of climate change impacts in the Great Plains region of the United States. The report represents a synthesis of research conducted through early 2009.

Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States – Southeast Chapter

This document provides the current scientific understanding of climate change impacts in the Southeastern region of the United States. The report represents a synthesis of research conducted through early 2009.

Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States – Southwest Chapter

This document provides the current scientific understanding of climate change impacts in the Southwest region of the United States. The report represents a synthesis of research conducted through early 2009.

Global Sea Level Rise Scenarios for the National Climate Assessment

The report was produced in response to a request from the U.S. National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee. It provides a synthesis of the scientific literature on global sea level rise, and a set of four scenarios of future global sea level rise. The report includes input from national experts in climate science, physical coastal processes, and coastal management.