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Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States

Thomas R. Karl, Jerry M. Melillo, and Thomas C. Peterson
Created: 6/15/2009 - Updated: 3/15/2019

Abstract

This report summarizes the science of climate change and the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. It is largely based on results of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), and integrates those results with related research from around the world. This report discusses climate-related impacts for various societal and environmental sectors and regions across the nation. It is an authoritative scientific report written in plain language, with the goal of better informing public and private decision making at all levels.

Published On

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Keywords

Scale: 
National / Federal
Sector Addressed: 
Agriculture
Development (socioeconomic)
Energy
Fisheries
Forestry
Land Use Planning
Policy
Research
Transportation / Infrastructure
Water Resources
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Air temperature
Biodiversity
Diseases or parasites
Erosion
Fire
Fishery harvest
Flooding
Flow patterns
Growing season
Habitat extent
Infrastructure damage
Invasive / non-native species, pests
Landslides
Ocean acidification
Oxygen concentrations (hypoxia)
Permafrost
Phenological shifts
Precipitation
Public health risks
Public safety threats
Range shifts
Salinization / Saltwater intrusion
Sea level rise
Snowpack
Species of concern
Storms or extreme weather events
Tourism
Water quality
Water supply
Water temperature
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Capacity Building
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Governance and Policy