Climate Change Impacts on the United States - Foundation Report: The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change

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National Assessment Synthesis Team
Cambridge University Press, Apr 9, 2001 - Business & Economics - 612 pages
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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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Contents

Scenarios for Climate Variability and Change
15
Human Activities and Changes in Atmospheric Composition
21
Trends in Climate over the US during the 20l Century
31
Climate Model Simulations of the 20th Century for the
40
Climate Model Scenarios of Changes in Climatic Patterns Variability Storms and Extremes
53
The Climatic Effects of Stabilizing the Carbon Dioxide Concentration
59
Vegetation and Biogeochemical Scenarios
73
The Socioeconomic Context for Climate Impact Assessment
93
Pacific Northwest
247
Alaska
283
Islands
315
Native Peoples and Homelands
351
Agriculture
379
Water
405
Human Health
437
Coastal Areas and Marine Resources
461

Northeast
109
Southeast
137
Midwest
167
Great Plains
191
West
219
Forests
489
Conclusions Research Pathways
525
USGCRP Leadership
538
Color Figure Appendix
543
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