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NOAA Releases Arctic Action Plan

Climate change is making the Arctic a greener, warmer, and increasingly accessible place for economic opportunity. However, climate impacts such as sea ice loss and rising ocean acidification are straining coastal community resilience and sound resource stewardship. The NOAA Arctic Action Plan report outlines ways for scientists and stakeholders to share their progress regarding this vast, valuable, and vulnerable region.

Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change

On April 15 in Berlin, Germany, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change approved and released Working Group III's Fifth Assessment Report - a comprehensive assessment of all relevant options for mitigating climate change through limiting or preventing greenhouse gas emissions, as well as activities that remove them from the atmosphere.

Considerations for Climate Change & Variability Adaptation on the Navajo Nation

A new report led by the University of Colorado Boulder summarizes the impact of climate change on Navajo Nation lands and discusses factors that affect people’s vulnerabilities to climate impacts, and outlines a way for the region's residents to plan for ongoing environmental change.

Drought Risk Atlas

The National Drought Mitigation Center unveiled the Drought Risk Atlas on March 21. The atlas provides analysis of data on drought frequency and severity for more than 3,000 spots across the country. The stations chosen for the atlas go back at least 40 years with nearly continuous data, and some go back more than 100 years.

Reports and Resources

Authoritative and peer-reviewed publications on climate issues and impacts.

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Decision Support Tools

Websites and applications to enhance climate-related decision making.

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Data Products

Popular climate data products and services often used by decision makers.

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Professional Development

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American Planning Association Annual Conference

The American Planning Association's 2014 National Planning Conference will be held in Atlanta from April 26-30.

Apr
28

Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference

This interactive conference will be geared towards networking and exchange among stakeholders and decision makers throughout the Carolina region.

May
6

Climate Information for Health, Energy, & Transportation Interests

Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop seeks to examine health, energy, and transportation sectors as they respond to climate variability

Reducing the Nation's Vulnerability to Extreme Weather & Climate

NOAA is helping people prepare and protect their homes, communities, and businesses from extreme climate- and weather-related impacts.  

Sustaining Marine Ecosystems in a Changing Climate

NOAA envisions a future with a strong economy and thriving marine ecosystems.  NOAA and its partners are working to identify and manage risks to our nation's valuable marine ecosystems and the services they provide.

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.   

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.

Atlantic Hurricanes and Climate

This document, developed by numerous NOAA researchers, presents the state of the science regarding the links between Atlantic hurricane activity and climate variability and change.

Aerosols and Climate

Improving our understanding of the impacts of aerosols on Earth's climate is essential for providing accurate climate forecasts and the information needed to cope with (adaptation) and reduce (mitigation) climate change. 

Ocean Acidification

Ocean acidification will have long-term implications for the global carbon cycle and climate, as well as coastal and marine ecosystems. 

Drought

Droughts are a common feature of U.S. climate and are among the most damaging of all natural hazards, with annual economic losses for the U.S. often in the billions of dollars.

Climate Engineering

Climate engineering, aka geoengineering, refers to large-scale manipulation of Earth's climate intended to counteract human-caused climate change.  This fact sheet explains the basic science of, but does not endorse, climate engineering.  

Carbon Monitoring

NOAA has a long history in monitoring greenhouse gases to improve our understanding of the global carbon cycle and how greenhouse gases affect global and regional climate and the world's oceans.

Transportation Fact Sheet

The transportation sector is a vital part of the U.S. economy.  This NOAA fact sheet discusses how adverse weather and climate conditions can impact transportation, and describes data products and services that can help improve resilience.

Global Climate Change: Gathering Data

LuAnn Dahlman and David Herring, NOAA Climate Program Office, November 20, 2009

Global Climate Models

Keith Dixon and Marian Westley, NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, November 2009

Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States

Susan Joy Hassol, Anne Waple and Paul Grabhorn, USGCRP and NOAA, November 2009

Human Contributions to Global Climate Change

Robert Simmon and David Herring, NASA and NOAA, November 2009

Arctic Report Card 2011

Rebecca Lindsey, NOAA, December 2011

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