National Climate Assessment from the U.S. Global Change Research Program | Union of Concerned Scientists

Report from the U.S. Global Change Research Program details the latest science on clmate change and its impacts in the United States

As our country, and the world, increasingly experiences the impacts of global warming — from rising sea levels to extreme heat to floods and drought — it’s more important than ever that cities, towns, businesses, and citizens have access to the latest science on climate change. The National Climate Assessment (NCA) is one such authoritative resource.

What is the National Climate Assessment?

Produced on a regular basis by the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), the NCA provides a comprehensive assessment of the current understanding of climate change science, including an overview of likely impacts in the United States on a region-by-region basis.

The NCA aims to put this information into a larger context as it relates to social, ecological, and policy systems, and is designed to inform strategies and policies on global warming for federal, state, and local governments, as well as the private sector and citizens. The previous assessment, Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States, was released in 2009.

On January 11, 2013, USGCRP released a draft version of its next report — The Third National Climate Assessment Report — and will open a three-month public comment period for additional input beginning on January 14. The final report is scheduled for release in early 2014.

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