Ecological Impacts of Climate Change

Developed by the National Academies of Sciences, this site links to the 28 page companion illustrated booklet of the full report from the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Ecological Impacts of Climate Change.

The report is based on the review of a number of major international consensus reports on climate change, including the Fourth Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, several products from the U.S. Climate Change Science Program, and the United Nations Foundation. The task was to support the creation of the booklet for the general public on the ecological impacts of climate change. The NRC convened a committee of experts to review the published literature and provide a brief report laying out an overview of the ecological impacts of climate change and a series of examples of impacts of different kinds.

The booklet presents a series of examples of ecological impacts of climate change that have already been observed across the U.S. It provides a broad overview of the ecological impacts of climate change on the lives of animals, plants, and microorganisms - all of which are strongly attuned to changes in climate. An overview of the most severe impacts are presented by region, with species-specific examples to illustrate.

Presentation materials are also available. Both the booklet and the presentation materials are organized by U.S. region, including the Pacific coastline, Alaska and the Arctic, Western Mountains, Southwestern Deserts, Central U.S., Southeast, and Northeast.

Publication Date: 2009

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