Preparing for Drought & Water Resource Challenges

All regions and economic sectors in the U.S. depend on adequate and reliable water supplies. This briefing sheet describes how NOAA is working to help the nation understand, prepare for, and respond to drought, flooding, and other water resource challenges.

Preparing for Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding

The U.S. has one of the world's largest and most diverse coastal zones.  Climate variability and change present real threats to our coasts.  NOAA is working with partners to build climate-smart coastal communities.

Toward a Climate Smart Nation

Americans' health, security, and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather.  This briefing sheet describes how NOAA is leveraging its climate science and services to help the nation prepare for the impacts of climate variability and change.   

Oceans and Marine Resources in a Changing Climate

According to a new National Climate Assessment report, the nation's valuable ocean ecosystems and marine resources are being affected by a changing climate.  These impacts are expected to increase in coming years, putting marine resources — and the people and economies that depend on them — at risk.

Air Quality

Air pollution has significant health, economic, and ecological consequences.  This NOAA fact sheet discusses the gaseous and particle pollutants found in the air we breathe, and how they impact air quality.

Climate Sensitivity of the Nation's Estuaries

The United States' 28 National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERR) are experiencing negative effects of human and climate-related stressors, according to a new report from NOAA's National Ocean Service. This is the first national-scale climate sensitivity analysis of estuaries to help coastal managers protect the health of estuaries.

Introducing the Local Climate Analysis Tool (LCAT)

NOAA unveiled this powerful new tool in July 2013 to help users produce data-driven answers to climate-related questions. The tool helps users link local weather and water events to signals in the climate system; understand how global climate change contributes to local climate trends; and explore how climate variability contributes to local impacts. Registration is required to use LCAT.

U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather

The U.S. Department of Energy released this report in July 2013 as part of the President's efforts to support planning for climate change & U.S. energy security.  The report examines current and potential climate-related impacts on the energy sector and identifies activities to address these challenges.

The President's Climate Action Plan

In a speech at Georgetown University on June 25, President Obama announced a series of executive actions to reduce carbon pollution, prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to address global climate change.

Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States

A part of the 2013 U.S. National Climate Assessment, this book gives an overview of the past, present, and projected future of the southwest region's climate, emphasizing new information and understandings since publication of the previous national assessment in 2009.  It examines what climate and climate change mean for the health and well-being of human populations and the environment.

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