External Documents

Climate Change Indicators in the United States, 2012

This report is an excellent overview of indicators of climate change. The report includes more than 20 separate indicators, each of which describes trends that are related to causes and effects of climate change.

Climate Change Planning for the Great Plains: Wildlife Vulnerability Assesement & Recommendations for Land and Grazing Management

This report assesses the climate-related vulnerability of key grassland wildlife in the Great Plains. It also documents research questions to be addressed in the future regarding the management of grassland habitats and conservation of grassland birds.

Climate Change: Evidence, Impacts, and Choices

This booklet provides easy-to-understand explanations of the evidence for human-caused climate change, climate change impacts, and choices that can be made to reduce the impact of and prepare for climate change.

Climate Literacy, the Essential Principles of Climate Sciences

This resource provides the basic fundamentals of the climate system and is an excellent introductory item for anyone interested in climate.

Coastal Community Resilience Index: A Community Self-Assessment

This self-assessment guide provides step-by-step instructions to help coastal communities determine whether they will be able to function after a hurricane, tropical storm, or coastal flood-related disaster. Completing this assessment can help communities become more disaster resilient.

Coastal Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerabilities: 2012 Technical Input Report to the 2013 National Climate Assessment

The report, one of a series of technical inputs for the third National Climate Assessment (NCA) conducted under the auspices of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, examines the known effects and relationships of climate change variables on the coasts of the U.S.. It describes the impacts on natural and human systems, including several major sectors of the U.S. economy, and the progress and challenges to planning and implementing adaptation options.

Communicating and Learning About Global Climate Change

This guide provides educators with ideas and skills that are central to K-12 students' understanding of the science of climate change, the process of scientific inquiry, and the trade-offs and constraints implicit in making choices about technology.

Ecological Impacts of Climate Change

This booklet provides an overview of the ecological impacts of climate change, including specific focuses on different areas of the Unites States. Geographical highlights include the Pacific Coastline, Alaska and the Arctic, Western Mountains, Southwestern Deserts, Central U.S., Southeast, and the Northeast.

Effects of Climate Variability and Change on Forest Ecosystems

This report is a scientific assessment of the current condition and likely future condition of forest resources in the United States relative to climatic variability and change. It serves as the U.S. Forest Service forest sector technical report for the National Climate Assessment and includes descriptions of key regional issues and examples of a risk-based framework for assessing climate-change effects.

Federal Actions for a Climate Resilient Nation

The report provides an update on actions in key areas of Federal adaptation, including: building resilience in local communities, safeguarding critical natural resources such as freshwater, and providing accessible climate information and tools to help decision-makers manage climate risks.