Fish, wildlife, and plants are integral parts of ecosystems that provide jobs, food, clean water, storm protection, recreation, and many other services that benefit society. Observed changes in climate are already impacting these valuable living resources, and projected future changes threaten to displace or eliminate some species. In response to a call from Congress to meet this challenge, a partnership of Federal, state, and tribal agencies released the National Fish, Wildlife and Plants
Since 1989, the U.S.
In particular, Our Changing Planet highlights progress and accomplishments in interagency activities. These highlights represent the broad spectrum of USGCRP activities that extend from Earth system observations, modeling, and fundamental research through synthesis and assessment, decision support, education, and public engagement.
Water resources in the United States are affected by a number of climate stressors—including increasing temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, and
SERVIR—meaning “to serve” in Spanish—is a joint initiative that connects USAID’s expertise in international development and training with NASA’s portfolio of satellite observations. Its goal is to help decision makers in developing regions respond to
In the fall of 2014, several USGCRP agencies and National Coordination Office (NCO) staff supported the
The Administration launched the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit in November 2014, with support from the coordinated efforts of various USGCRP agencies—especially NOAA, USGS, USDA, NASA, USACE, and HHS (CDC and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences). The Toolkit aims to help communities, businesses, natural resource managers, and others plan for and respond to the impacts of
The Third National Climate Assessment has provided a basis for understanding change, informing decisions, and communicating about climate, not only on a national scale but also at the regional, state, and local levels. For example, a number of USGCRP agencies are incorporating the Third NCA into their regional-scale science and decision support programs (see related Highlight 15). NOAA and partners have developed regionally tailored guides based on the Third NCA for educators teaching climate (see related Highlight 25). USGCRP supported a series of
When the Third National Climate Assessment was released in May 2014, it made headlines in national and international media, local news outlets in every region of the country, and Federal, NGO, academic, and trade publications. The thousands of stories, blog posts, op-eds, and even comedy shows that have mentioned the Third NCA attest to its expansive reach, suggesting that the report is both in demand and accessible. But how can its success be measured, and how can that success be improved upon in the next quadrennial NCA?
As a first step in answering
Scenarios are descriptions of plausible future conditions—either narrative or quantitative—that provide a basis for analyzing potential impacts of and responses to