USGCRP has selected a set of emissions scenarios and climate projections to focus on for the next quadrennial National Climate Assessment. These scenarios and projections will provide a consistent basis to assess the potential future impacts of climate change and related policy choices.
PostedMay 1, 2015
Physical Climate, Modeling
A new white paper highlights outcomes from the first annual U.S. Climate Modeling Summit. The Summit brought together leadership from the country’s six premier climate modeling centers to strategize around priorities of national interest—from experimental efforts that move science forward to forecasts and projections that inform on-the-ground decisions.
PostedApr 24, 2015
Water Resources, Land Use & Land Cover, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Carbon Cycle, Adaptation
The Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently announced four collaborative landscape partnerships to make important lands and waters more resilient to climate change . Federal agencies will work with local, state, and tribal organizations in southwest Florida, Hawaiʻi, Washington, and the Great Lakes.
PostedApr 23, 2015
[Updated April 23] The George Washington University’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, in partnership with USGCRP, will host a public symposium to discuss the draft USGCRP Climate and Health Assessment. The Symposium will take place on April 24 in Washington, DC, with a live webcast available.
PostedApr 12, 2015
Physical Climate, Mitigation, Carbon Cycle, Arctic
A new synthesis published in Nature suggests that thawing Arctic permafrost will release greenhouse gases gradually, rather than in a sudden "bomb". The gradual rate of these natural emissions may give society more time to adapt to their effects, but they remain a challenge for climate mitigation .
PostedApr 9, 2015
Observations, Human Health, Adaptation
In association with National Public Health Week, the Administration this week unveiled a suite of Federal actions and private-sector commitments to build resilience at the nexus of climate change and public health. A key pillar of these efforts is the development and release of new climate and health-relevant data and tools.
PostedApr 7, 2015
Public comments are now being solicited for the draft version of The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment. The draft report synthesizes the available scientific literature to assess observed and projected impacts of climate change on human health in the United States, with a particular focus on where impacts can be quantified.
PostedMar 16, 2015
Observations, International, Extreme Events, Adaptation
Bangladeshi officials have announced plans to expand the SERVIR satellite-based flood forecasting system for nationwide use. The system uses Jason-2 satellite data to predict flooding as far as eight days in advance, a significant advancement in disaster preparedness for the flood-prone country. SERVIR is a joint initiative between USAID and NASA.
PostedMar 13, 2015
Scenarios, Land Use & Land Cover
How might land use and land cover change within the United States over the next century? A new workshop report lays the groundwork for developing scenarios that can support a variety of science and decision-support needs.
PostedFeb 28, 2015
Cities & Infrastructure, Adaptation
USGCRP and partners have won an APA award for a project facilitating climate adaptation in and around the Nation's capital. The project grew from the recognition that Federal, regional, and local organizations in the area have a shared opportunity to build networks, partnerships, and collaborative approaches to increase resilience .