Fourth National Climate Assessment Vol I + II
NCA4 Vol II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States
NCA4 Vol I: Climate Science Special Report
The Reports Library features scientific assessments, annual reports, strategic research plans, and other resources produced by USGCRP and the collaborative efforts of our member agencies. Select reports by other authoritative scientific bodies with whom we work, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the National Research Council (NRC), are also accessible here. Most reports are available for download (open and click View); some can be ordered in print free of charge (open and click Add to Cart).
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Limiting the Magnitude of Future Climate Change, part of the congressionally requested America's Climate Choices suite of studies, focuses on the role of the United States in the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The book concludes that in order to ensure that all levels of government, the private sector, and millions of households and individuals are contributing to shared national goals, the United States should establish a "budget" that sets a limit on total domestic greenhouse emissions from 2010-2050.
An ad hoc committee, composed of individuals who have studied, participated in, or been users of global change assessments, was convened to prepare this report. For the report’s conclusions, the committee draws both from existing literature and from its examination of a relatively small but varied selection of global change assessments, each analyzing global change processes that are at least in part driven by human activities.
Informing Decisions in a Changing Climate examines the growing need for climate-related decision support—that is, organized efforts to produce, disseminate, and facilitate the use of data and information in order to improve the quality and efficacy of climate-related decisions. Drawing on evidence from past efforts to organize science for improved decision making, it develops guidance for government agencies and other institutions that will provide or use information for coping with climate change.
This report provides an overview of the scientific consensus on the current and future climate changes of particular relevance to U.S. transportation, including the limits of present scientific understanding as to their precise timing, magnitude, and geographic location; identifies potential impacts on U.S. transportation and adaptation options; and offers recommendations for both research and actions that can be taken to prepare for climate change.
Federal agencies have taken steps to include the public in a wide range of environmental decisions. Although some form of public participation is often required by law, agencies usually have broad discretion about the extent of that involvement. This book concludes that, when done correctly, public participation improves the quality of federal agencies' decisions about the environment.
This report summarizes a workshop that focused on two case studies to provide different perspectives on multiple environmental stressors: 1) drought; 2) atmosphere-ecosphere interactions. Workshop participants identified the development of comprehensive regional frameworks for conducting environmental studies as a key part of understanding multiple environmental stresses.
The 148-page Highlights book presents the major findings and selected highlights from Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment. The Highlights report is organized around the National Climate Assessment’s 12 Report Findings, which take an overarching view of the entire report and its 30 chapters.
This 20-page booklet provides a high-level compendium of Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment. The Overview covers the most important impacts at the national level but does not attempt to provide a comprehensive summary of the entire assessment.
This CD contains all four volumes of the IPCC Third Assessment Report in HTML and PDF formats.
Includes in both PDF and HTML format: Vision for the Program and Highlights of the Scientific Strategic Plan (41 pages); Strategic Plan for the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (202 pages)