In front of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) national headquarters building in Reston, Va., two genetically identical lilac bushes are rooted in the earth. To casual observers, they are fragrant adornments to the landscaped property. But to ecologist Jake Weltzin and geographer John Jones—USGS scientists who study plant and animal life-cycle events—they are “Li” and “Lac,” two small but important pieces of a developing climate change indicator system.
PostedDec 11, 2012
Oceans, Physical Climate, Coasts, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Carbon Cycle, Indicators, Human Health, Adaptation
A new EPA report brings together data from multiple public and peer-reviewed datasets to show observed changes over time in 26 indicators of climate change – including measures of greenhouse gases , high and low temperatures, heavy rainfall, snowfall, pollen season and sea level rise.
PostedDec 6, 2012
Oceans, Scenarios, Coasts
A new sea level rise scenarios report was released today by NOAA's Climate Program Office in collaboration with twelve contributing authors from ten different federal and academic science institutions.
PostedOct 16, 2012
On Wednesday, October 3 and Thursday, October 4, 2012, the USGCRP Interagency Group on Integrative Modeling (IGIM) hosted a meeting on the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP).
PostedOct 16, 2012
Working Group I (WGI) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is pleased to announce that the Second Order Draft of the WGI contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis, will be available for Expert and Government Review from 5 October - 30 November 2012.
PostedSep 13, 2012
Agriculture & Food
U.S. Forest Service research indicates that climate change will affect habitat suitability for maple trees, threatening the multimillion dollar maple syrup industry. Changes in climate have already had an impact on the iconic sugar maple trees of the Northeastern U.S.
PostedSep 6, 2012
This notice sets forth the schedule of a forthcoming meeting of the DoC NOAA National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC).
PostedSep 5, 2012
Extreme Events, Adaptation
Multiple USGS field crews from several states are recording high-water marks, collecting discharge measurements and obtaining water quality data in coastal and inland Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
PostedAug 15, 2012
Physical Climate, Observations, Extreme Events
The average global temperature for July 2012 was more than 1Fahrenheit above the 20th-century average, making it the fourth warmest July since record keeping began in 1880.
PostedAug 13, 2012
Physical Climate, Extreme Events
A new statistical analysis by NASA scientists has found that Earth's land areas have become much more likely to experience an extreme summer heat wave than they were in the middle of the 20th century.