Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment

This report assesses the science of climate change and its impacts across the United States, now and throughout this century. It integrates findings of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) with the results of research and observations from across the U.S. and around the world, including reports from the U.S. National Research Council. This report documents climate change related impacts and responses for various sectors and regions, with the goal of better informing public and private decision-making at all levels. The report has eight major sections including: Our Changing Climate: presents recent advances in climate change science, which includes discussions of extreme weather events, observed and projected changes in temperature and precipitation, and the uncertainties associated with these projections. Sectors: focuses on climate change impacts for seven societal and environmental sectors: human health, water, energy, transportation, agriculture, forests, and ecosystems and biodiversity; six additional chapters consider the interactions among sectors (such as energy, water, and land use) in the context of a changing climate. Regions: assesses key impacts on U.S. regions – Northeast, Southeast and Caribbean, Midwest, Great Plains, Southwest, Northwest, Alaska, and Hawai‘i and the U.S. affiliated Pacific Islands – as well as coastal areas, oceans, and marine resources. Responses: assesses the current state of responses to climate change, including adaptation, mitigation, and decision support activities. Research Needs: highlights major gaps in science and research to improve future assessments. Sustained Assessment Process: describes an initial vision for and components of an ongoing, long-term assessment process.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 841p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01531904
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780160924026
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2014 8:56AM