In the Caribbean, the economic importance of agriculture and tourism—combined with rural poverty and vulnerability to extreme events like hurricanes and droughts—makes adapting to climate change an urgent necessity. The International Research and Applications Project (IRAP) aims to build resilience in the Caribbean through a better understanding of how climate information can enable regional risk management.
Nov 20, 2014
Carbon Cycle, Cities & Infrastructure
How do humans and the carbon cycle interact in cities? Scientists are working across disciplines to find out.
Nov 19, 2014
Coasts, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Agriculture & Food, Human Health, Adaptation
On Monday, the Administration released the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, a suite of community-oriented resources that provide information ranging from which neighborhoods are likely to flood in future storm surges to how future drought conditions could affect regional crop growth. Concurrently, a task force submitted recommendations for how the Federal Government can support resilience at the state, local, and tribal levels.
Nov 16, 2014
On Tuesday, November 18, USGCRP's Interagency Crosscutting Group on Climate Change and Human Health (CCHHG) will host a Town Hall at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA. The Town Hall is intended to gather input from public health researchers, policy makers, and other stakeholders on a broad range of
Nov 10, 2014
Scenarios, Coasts, Energy, Cities & Infrastructure, Adaptation
A new pilot study by the Department of Energy (DOE) presents an approach communities can use to assess the impacts of sea level rise on energy infrastructure. Among other data sources, the study uses global sea level rise scenarios from the 2014 National Climate Assessment.
Nov 5, 2014
The vision for the sustained National Climate Assessment involves identifying a set of indicators that can be used to track climate changes, impacts, and responses. A roundtable at the Wilson Center will explore ways in which crowd-based approaches, such as citizen science and community-based monitoring, are and can be used to support indicator networks.
Nov 3, 2014
Physical Climate, Mitigation, International, Adaptation
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its Synthesis Report on Sunday, confirming that warming in the climate system is unequivocal and, if left unaddressed, will increase the likelihood of pervasive, irreversible damage to the environment and society. However, options to limit climate change and adapt to its impacts are available.
Nov 3, 2014
On Friday, Federal agencies released their annual plans for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for the impacts of climate change. Agencies cited climate impacts like rising sea levels, increased storm intensity, and more extreme temperatures as threats to Federal facilities, operations, and resources.
Oct 24, 2014
Rick Piltz, a former USGCRP staff member known for his commitment to scientific integrity, passed away on Saturday, October 18. He was 71.
Oct 22, 2014
Physical Climate, Observations, Modeling, Education, Adaptation
The latest edition of Our Changing Planet, USGCRP's annual report to Congress, gives an overview of the Federal global change research enterprise, with plain-language highlights spotlighting recent efforts to advance science and support societal needs.