The latest edition of Our Changing Planet, USGCRP's annual report to Congress, highlights progress in advancing science, informing decisions, conducting assessments, and engaging with diverse audiences. The report also spotlights interagency priority areas, including climate predictions, global change in the Arctic, water extremes, and actionable science.
PostedMay 5, 2015
National Climate Assessment, Physical Climate, Scenarios, Modeling, Mitigation, Carbon Cycle, Adaptation
USGCRP has selected a set of emissions scenarios and climate projections to focus on for the next quadrennial National Climate Assessment. These scenarios and projections will provide a consistent basis to assess the potential future impacts of climate change and related policy choices.
PostedAug 21, 2014
Physical Climate, Observations, Modeling, Mitigation, Carbon Cycle
New NASA research shows that Earth's atmosphere contains an unexpectedly large amount of carbon tetrachloride (CC14), an ozone -depleting chemical that was banned worldwide decades ago. According to the study, global emissions of CCl4 average 39 kilotons per year—approximately 30 percent of peak emissions prior to its banning.
PostedJul 22, 2013
Physical Climate, Scenarios, Modeling, Carbon Cycle, Energy
Two recently released animated NASA visualizations developed to support the forthcoming third US National Climate Assessment show projections of Earths temperature and precipitation patterns from today through the year 2100, revealing how low versus high emission scenarios would impact the planets climate.
PostedJun 12, 2013
Physical Climate, Modeling, Carbon Cycle, Arctic
NASA's Carbon in Arctic Reservoirs Vulnerability Experiment (CARVE) is probing deep into the frozen lands above the Arctic Circle in Alaska to measure emissions of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane from thawing permafrost signals that may hold a key to Earth's climate future.
PostedMay 19, 2010
Physical Climate, Observations, Modeling, Mitigation, Carbon Cycle, Energy, Adaptation
As part of its most comprehensive study of climate change to date, the National Research Council today issued three reports emphasizing why the U.S. should act now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop a national strategy to adapt to the inevitable impacts of climate change.