Climate Change Impacts on the United States - Foundation Report: The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change
National Assessment Synthesis Team
Cambridge University Press, Apr 9, 2001 - Business & Economics - 612 pages
Climate Change Impacts on the United States is part of a national process of research analysis and dialogue about the coming changes in climate, their impacts, and what Americans can do to adapt to an uncertain and continuously changing climate. The report was called for by a 1990 law and was written by the National Assessment Synthesis Team (NAST), a committee of experts drawn from governments, universities, industry, and non-governmental organizations. The NAST produced two documents: the longer Foundation Report and the Overview Report, which is significantly more accessible and shorter. The two reports cover all areas of the United States and are peer-reviewed documents that synthesize results from studies. They identify key climatic vulnerabilities of particular regions and sectors in the context of other changes in the nation's environment, resources, and economy.
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About the Assessment Process
Scenarios for Climate Variability and Change
Vegetation and Biogeochemical Scenarios
The Socioeconomic Context for Climate Impact Assessment
Native Peoples and Homelands
Coastal Areas and Marine Resources
Conclusions Research Pathways
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