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Map of sea surface temperatures in the Pacific, January 2016

El NiƱo Status

Climate.gov's new ENSO page provides information on the current status of El Niño and La Niña, plus links to forecasts, maps, and videos from across NOAA that help explain the impacts of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation on the U.S.

The Great American Adaptation Road Trip

After visiting more than 30 communities preparing for climate change across the United States, the Georgetown Climate Center released a report identifying six big lessons from ongoing adaptation work across the country.

National Academies release two reports on climate intervention

Climate interventions, aka "geoengineering," refers to deliberate, large-scale manipulation of Earth’s climate intended to counteract human-caused climate change. The National Academies Press has released two reports that assess the potential impacts, benefits, and costs of two different proposed classes of climate intervention: carbon dioxide removal and reflecting sunlight. Neither of these types of interventions should take priority over mitigation and adaptation, the reports stress.

Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation

The American Planning Association's Hazards Planning Center worked with FEMA to develop Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation. This updated manual offers a no-nonsense explanation of the benefits and limitations of planning for unpredictable events.

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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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