Climate Change

Assessments of Impacts and Adaptations to Climate Change (AIACC)
This website facilitates access to extensive data, software and bibliographic resources related to climate impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability across multiple sectors. The Data, Methods, and Synthesis Activity is part of the AIACC Program. The website synthesizes information on the sectors, systems, and groups studied, methods utilized, and key results of the 24 AIACC projects.

Climate Impacts Group (CIG)
The CIG is an interdisciplinary research group studying the impacts of natural climate variability and global climate change (“global warming”) on the U.S. Pacific Northwest (PNW). Through research and interaction with regional stakeholders, the CIG works to increase the resilience of the Pacific Northwest to fluctuations in climate.

Environment Canada
For thousands of years we have found it necessary to control water – in order to have it where we want it, when we want it. Nonetheless, some areas still suffer from drought, and some from flood. This is due partly to the natural variability of climate and partly to inappropriate land and water use. Now climate seems to be changing beyond that natural variability, and this is likely to impact on the availability and distribution of water.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
EPA’s Global Change Research Program has its primary emphasis on evaluating the potential consequences of global change (particularly climate variability and change) on air quality, water quality, ecosystems, and human health in the United States.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Recognizing the problem of potential global climate change, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) established the IPCC in 1988.

National Oceanic and Atmospherics Administration (NOAA)
Providing information on the present state of Arctic ecosystems and climate in historical context, data and information from reputable scientific sources are presented with easy to read and understand narratives. The objective is to inform dialog, raise issue awareness, and support decision making.

Pew Center on Global Climate Change
The Pew Center on Global Climate Change brings together business leaders, policy makers, scientists, and other experts to bring a new approach to a complex and often controversial issue. Our approach is based on sound science, straight talk, and a belief that we can work together to protect the climate while sustaining economic growth.

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)
Global warming is one of the most serious challenges facing us today. To protect the health and economic well-being of current and future generations, we must reduce our emissions of heat-trapping gases by using the technology, know-how, and practical solutions already at our disposal. The UCS has produced a website call Global Warming: Early Warning Signs.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
UNEP has a key role to play in a broad range of activities related to understanding, mitigating and adapting to climate change. The context for UNEP’s activities is provided by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol.

United States Geological Survey (USGS)
This project involves reconstruction of the late Pleistocene and Holocene history of environmental change in Alaska, focusing upon the past 50,000 years. High latitude ecosystems are highly sensitive to climatic change. Understanding the history of environmental responses to past climate changes provides a basis for forecasting future responses to a variety of possible climatic scenarios.

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