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Climate Change Indicators in the United States (2014)

Created: 10/27/2014 - Updated: 1/25/2019

Abstract

EPA is working with many other organizations to collect and communicate data about climate change. With help from these partners, EPA has compiled the third edition of this report, presenting 30 indicators to help readers understand observed long-term trends related to the causes and effects of climate change. In a manner accessible to all audiences, the report describes the significance of these trends and their possible consequences for people, the environment, and society. Most indicators focus on the United States, but some include global trends to provide context or a basis for comparison, or because they are intrinsically global in nature. All of the indicators presented relate to either the causes or effects of climate change, although some indicators show trends that can be more directly linked to human-induced climate change than others. EPA's indicators are based on peer-reviewed, publicly-available data from various government agencies, academic institutions, and other organizations. EPA selected these indicators based on the quality of the data and other criteria, using historical records that go back in time as far as possible without sacrificing data quality.

Published On

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Keywords

Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Air temperature
Fire
Lake level
Ocean acidification
Permafrost
Phenological shifts
Precipitation
Public health risks
Public safety threats
Sea level rise
Snowpack
Storms or extreme weather events
Water temperature
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Capacity Building
Monitor climate change impacts and adaptation efficacy
Climate Type: 
Temperate
Tropical
Subtropical
Polar
Subpolar