Federal Advisory Committee Draft Climate Assessment Report Released for Public Review



A 60-person Federal Advisory Committee (The “National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee” or NCADAC) has overseen the development of this draft climate report.

The NCADAC, whose members are available here (and in the report), was established under the Department of Commerce in December 2010 and is supported through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It is a federal advisory committee established as per the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972. The Committee serves to oversee the activities of the National Climate Assessment. Its members are diverse in background, expertise, geography and sector of employment. A formal record of the committee can be found at the NOAA NCADAC website.

The NCADAC has engaged more than 240 authors in the creation of the report. The authors are acknowledged at the beginning of the chapters they co-authored.

Following extensive review by the National Academies of Sciences and by the public, this report will be revised by the NCADAC and, after additional review, will then be submitted to the Federal Government for consideration in the Third National Climate Assessment (NCA) Report. For more information on the NCA process and background, previous assessments and other NCA information, please explore the NCA web-pages. The NCA is being conducted under the auspices of the Global Change Research Act of 1990 and is being organized and administered by the Global Change Research Program.

To simply access and read the draft report, please download the chapters below. However, if you would like to submit comments on the report as part of the public process, you will need to enter the “review and comment system” and register with your name and e-mail address and agree to the terms. All comments must be submitted through the review and comment system.


Download the Full Report (warning, 147Mb. Very large file)

Between chapters, there are some page numbers that are not used. This is intentional and does not reflect missing pages.

or download each chapter separately:

Cover page

Introduction: Letter to the American People
1. Executive Summary
2. Our Changing Climate
Introduction to Sectors
3. Water Resources
4. Energy Supply and Use
5. Transportation
6. Agriculture
7. Forestry
8. Ecosystems, Biodiversity, and Ecosystem Services
9. Human Health
10. Water, Energy, and Land Use
11. Urban Systems, Infrastructure, and Vulnerability
12. Impacts of Climate Change on Tribal, Indigenous, and Native Lands and Resources
13. Land Use and Land Cover Change
14. Rural Communities
15. Interactions of Climate Change and Biogeochemical Cycles

Introduction to Regions
16. Northeast
17. Southeast and Caribbean
18. Midwest
19. Great Plains
20. Southwest
21. Northwest
22. Alaska and the Arctic
23. Hawaii and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands
24. Oceans and Marine Resources
25. Coastal Zone Development and Ecosystems

Introduction to Response Strategies
26. Decision Support: Supporting Policy, Planning, and Resource Management Decisions in a Climate Change Context
27. Mitigation
28. Adaptation
29. Research Agenda for Climate Change Science
30. The NCA Long-Term Process: Vision and Future Development

Appendix I: NCA Climate Science – Addressing Commonly Asked Questions from A to Z

Appendix II: The Science of Climate Change


Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120
Cyprus International Institute (CII) (Harvard School of Public Health) http://Cyprus-Institute.us
Food-Matters http://Food-Matters.TV

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