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Lake Level Viewer: United States Great Lakes

This tool helps users visualize lake level changes that range from six feet above to six feet below historical long-term average water levels in the Great Lakes, along with potential shoreline and coastal impacts. Communities can use this information to determine what preparations make the most sense in planning for water level change scenarios.

Enhancing the Climate Resilience of America's Natural Resources

The Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience has released a report outlining four strategies to help make our natural resources more resilient to climate change, and documenting progress and providing roadmaps for action.

Explaining Extreme Events of 2013 from a Climate Perspective

A new report from the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, "Explaining Extreme Events of 2013 from a Climate Perspective," addresses the causes of 16 individual extreme events that occurred on four continents.

'Nuisance Flooding' an Increasing Problem as Coastal Sea Levels Rise

This technical report from NOAA looks at more than 60 years of coastal water level and local elevation data, analyzing sea level rise and nuisance flood frequency changes around the United States.

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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Restore America's Estuaries Conference: Inspiring Action, Creating Resilience

National summit between Restore America's Estuaries & The Coastal Society on restoration & community management issues & solutions.

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Webinar: Do extreme events cause a shift in climate change beliefs?

This Webinar examines how the record-setting 2012 drought changed people's perceptions and attitudes on climate change.

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Linking Science, Practice, & Decision Making

Conference to link science, practice, and sustainable decision making by bringing together the ecosystem services community from around the U.S.

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