External Documents

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 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.

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.