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State of the Climate in 2015

Jessica Blunden and Derek S. Arndt (eds)
Created: 8/03/2016 - Updated: 1/17/2019

Abstract

An international, peer-reviewed publication released each summer, the State of the Climate is the authoritative annual summary of the global climate published as a supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. The report, compiled by NOAA’s Center for Weather and Climate at the National Centers for Environmental Information is based on contributions from scientists from around the world. It provides a detailed update on global climate indicators, notable weather events, and other data collected by environmental monitoring stations and instruments located on land, water, ice, and in space.

State of the Climate in 2015

This is the 26th edition of the annual assessment now known as State of the Climate. The year 2015 saw the toppling of several symbolic mileposts: notably, it was 1.0°C warmer than preindustrial times, and the Mauna Loa observatory recorded its first annual mean carbon dioxide concentration greater than 400 ppm. Beyond these more recognizable markers, trends seen in recent decades continued.

Published On

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Keywords

Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Air temperature
Erosion
Fire
Flooding
Flow patterns
Growing season
Habitat extent
Ocean acidification
Oxygen concentrations (hypoxia)
Permafrost
Phenological shifts
Precipitation
Range shifts
Salinization / Saltwater intrusion
Sea level rise
Snowpack
Species of concern
Storms or extreme weather events
Water quality
Water supply
Water temperature
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Capacity Building

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