Climate and Climate Change Topics

United Nations and Climate change

Understanding and Responding to Climate Change," (PDF file) — Free booklet from the U.S. National Academies, released in 2008. It is designed to give the public a comprehensive and easy-to-read analysis of findings and recommendations from their reports on climate change.

United States Global Change Research Program — integrating federal research on climate and global change

U.S. Global Change Research Information Office (USGCRIO) — disseminating scientific research information since 1993, useful in preventing, mitigating, or adapting to the effects of global change.

US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) — helping to understand, assess and predict global change. The USGCRP supports research on the interactions of natural and human-induced changes in the global environment and their implications for society. The USGCRP began as a presidential initiative in 1989 and was codified by Congress in the Global Change Research Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-606), which mandates development of a coordinated interagency research program.

NOAA/Climate Program Office — The Climate Program Office (CPO), created in October 2005, integrates the Office of Global Programs, the Arctic Research Office, and the Climate Observations and Services Program and coordinates climate activities across all NOAA. The new CPO focuses on developing a broader user community for climate products and services, provides NOAA a focal point for climate activities, leads NOAA climate education and outreach activities, and coordinates international climate activities. NOAA's Climate mission is to: "Understand and describe climate variability and change to enhance society's ability to plan and respond".

NOAA/NWS/NCEP/Climate Prediction Center (CPC) — serves the public by assessing and forecasting the impacts of short-term climate variability, emphasizing enhanced risks of weather-related extreme events, for use in mitigating losses and maximizing economic gains.

NOAA/NESDIS/National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) — the world's largest active archive of weather data. NCDC produces numerous climate publications and responds to data requests from all over the world.

EPA's Climate Change Site — offers comprehensive information on the issue of climate change in a way that is accessible and meaningful to all parts of society — communities, individuals, business, states and localities, and governments.

NASA Earth System Science — NASA's Plan for a Climate-Centric Architecture for Earth Observations and Applications from Space

Global Climate Change Research Explorer

World Ocean Observatory — Through the site readers can explore the complex interrelationship of Ocean and Climate in its many forms — the key issues and possible responses — and express your views through the Ocean-Climate Forum.

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