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Climate Change Indicators in the United States (2016)

Created: 8/03/2016 - Updated: 1/17/2019

Abstract

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes this report to communicate information about the science and impacts of climate change, assess trends in environmental quality, and inform decision-making. Climate Change Indicators in the United States 2016 is the fourth edition of a report first published by EPA in 2010. This report presents 37 indicators to help readers understand changes observed from long-term records related to the causes and effects of climate change, the significance of these changes, and their possible consequences for people, the environment, and society. While the indicators presented in this report do not cover all possible measures of the causes and effects of climate change, as might be found in the full body of scientific literature, they represent a wide-ranging set of indicators that show observed changes in the Earth’s climate system and several climate-relevant impacts.

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Region: 
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Air temperature
Fire
Flow patterns
Growing season
Lake level
Ocean acidification
Phenological shifts
Precipitation
Sea level rise
Snowpack
Water temperature
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Capacity Building
Governance and Policy