Oregon Climate Assessment Report (OCAR)

In 2007, the Oregon State Legislature charged the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI), via HB 3543, with assessing climate change science including biological, physical and social science in Oregon, and expected climate impacts. This inaugural assessment report is meant to act as a compendium of the relevant research on climate change and its impacts on the state of Oregon. This report draws on a large body of work on climate change impacts in the western U.S. from the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington (CIG), and the California Climate Action Team.

The report includes lead and contributing authors from Oregon State University, University of Oregon, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Department of Agriculture, and others.

The specific areas addressed are the causes of climate change; current and projected impacts on land and marine environments, freshwater resources, agriculture, vegetation, coasts and estuaries, and fish and wildlife; as well as economic impacts.  The report also describes the human dimensions of climate change - such as perceptions, knowledge and public health impacts.

Publication Date: December 2010

Authors or Affiliated Users:

  • Kathie D. Dello
  • Philip W. Mote

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