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Assessment of Intraseasonal to Interannual Climate Prediction and Predictability

2010

This report focuses on ways to improve the quality of intraseasonal and interannual climate forecasts. It examines current capabilities for forecasting predictions for the climate system, analyzes how past improvements in these capabilities have been achieved, and recommends opportunities for future improvement. The report informs and guides decisions regarding future opportunities in climate research and operational forecasting.

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Letter Report Assessing the USGS National Water Quality Assessment Program's Science Framework

2010

The U. S. Geological Survey requested that the National Research Council review and provide guidance on the direction and priorities of the National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program. The Council put together a committee to provide an assessment of the NAWQA Program's Science Framework in terms of whether it sets forth adequately the priorities for the future which will be addressed in the third cycle of the program. The report recommends that activities in this cycle be organized around two drivers of stressed water supplies and related ecosystems: change in land use, and climate variability and change.

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Ocean Acidification: A National Strategy to Meet the Challenges of a Changing Ocean

2010

Evidence suggests ocean acidification will have negative effects on corals, shellfish, and other marine life, with wide-ranging consequences for ecosystems, fisheries, and tourism. This report, requested by Congress, reviews the effects of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems, the chemistry of seawater, and the physiology of marine organisms. The report reviews the current state of knowledge and identifies gaps in understanding, and provides scientific advice to help guide the national ocean acidification research program.

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Advancing the Science of Climate Change

2010

Part of the America's Climate Choices suite of studies requested by Congress, this report examines the status of the nation's climate change research efforts and recommends steps to improve and expand current understanding. The report reviews the scientific community's understanding of climate change and its interactions with human and natural systems in 12 areas of interest to decision makers. It identifies advances needed to improve the effectiveness of actions taken to respond to climate change, including actions to limit its magnitude and adapt to its impacts, as well as understanding the causes, mechanisms, and consequences of climate change.

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Informing Decisions in a Changing Climate

2009

From the National Academies Press, this expansive report examines the growing need for organized efforts to produce, disseminate, and facilitate the use of data and information in order to improve climate-related decisions. Drawing on evidence from past efforts to organize science for improved decision making, the report develops guidance for government agencies at all levels, as well as private organizations, that will have to cope with the world's changing climate.

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Restructuring Federal Climate Research to Meet the Challenges of Climate Change

2009

The Committee on Strategic Advice on the U. S. Climate Change Science Program and National Research Council published this book acknowledging that policy decisions are already being made to limit or adapt to climate change and its impacts, but recognizing there is a need for greater integration between science and decision making.   This book proposes six priorities for restructuring the United States Climate Change Research Program to develop a more robust knowledge base and support informed responses.

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Resilient Infrastructure for New York State

December 19, 2019

This report from Rebuild By Design describes a proposal to create a Resilient Infrastructure Fund to support green and grey infrastructure projects that reduce flooding, coupled with a buy-out program, to improve the physical, social, and ecological resilience of New York State. It proposes a transparent, inclusive, and equitable approach to finance climate adaptation planning and implementation throughout the state. Though designed for New York, the recommendations are applicable to and can serve as a model for other states.

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Impacts of Global Warming on North Carolina's Coastal Economy

June 21, 2007

A scientific study was undertaken by researchers at four North Carolina universities to consider three aspects of the state's coastal economy and their vulnerability to a changing climate including: the impacts of sea-level rise on the coastal real estate market, the impacts of sea-level rise on coastal recreation and tourism, and the impacts of stronger tropical storms and hurricanes on business activity. The study used a range of moderate  assumptions, not best- or worst-case scenarios. This brief summary brochure is designed to present the main findings of the study for the benefit of the public and policy makers.

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