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Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises

December 3, 2013

From the National Academies’ Committee on Understanding and Monitoring Abrupt Climate Change and Its Impacts, Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change was published in paperback format, and is made available in PDF format on the Academies website. This publication summarizes the current state of knowledge on potential abrupt changes to the ocean, atmosphere, ecosystems, and high latitude areas; explores how to monitor climate change for warnings of abrupt changes and emerging impacts; and identifies key research and monitoring needs.

Related Organizations: The National Academies, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), National Academy of Sciences

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Interim Federal Action Plan for the California Bay-Delta

December 2009

This Interim Federal Action Plan has been developed to further the goals of the California Bay-Delta Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) entered into by six federal agencies on September 29, 2009. The MOU sets out the Obama Administration's vision of a healthy and sustainable Bay-Delta ecosystem that "provides for a high-quality, reliable, and sustainable long-term water supply for California, and restores the environmental integrity and sustainability of the Bay-Delta ecosystem."

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), U.S. Department of the Army, U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), State of California, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)

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Niches, models, and climate change: Assessing the assumptions and uncertainties

August 28, 2009

Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, this paper provides a brief perspective on “ecological niches” - describing how niche thinking and modeling have been used to project changes in the distributions of species, and assessing several related assumptions and uncertainties. These areas are illustrated using examples from research on California birds. The paper concludes with an assessment the usefulness of niche-based models for projecting climate-change impacts on biodiversity and the resulting implications for conservation and management.

Related Organizations: Point Blue Conservation Science (PRBO), University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), National Academy of Sciences

Authors or Affiliated Users: John A. Wiens, Diana Stralberg, Dennis Jongsomjit, Christine A. Howell, Mark A. Snyder

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Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) and Portal

The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) launched in November 2010 as a new National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Pathways project. It builds on the efforts of the Climate Literacy Network and the establishment of the Climate Literacy: Essential Principles of Climate Science, to steward a broad collection of educational resources that facilitate students, teachers, and citizens in becoming climate literate.

Related Organizations: Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Technical Education Research Centers (TERC), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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U.S. Forest Service (USFS): Climate Change Resource Center

The USFS Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) is a reference website for resource managers and decision makers who need information and tools to address climate change - regarding both mitigation and adaptation - in planning and implementing projects. The website offers educational information, including basic science modules that explain climate and climate impacts, decision-support models, maps, simulations, case studies, and numerous toolkits and publications.

Related Organizations: Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS), U.S. Forest Service Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center (WWETAC), USFS Northern Research Station, USFS Southern Research Station, USFS Pacific Southwest Research Station, USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station, USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station, U.S. Forest Service Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center, U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

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