Climate Research Reports

  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report
    • The IPCC is an international body of scientists from member countries of the United Nations and the World Meteorological Organization who review the most recent scientific, technical and socio-economic data about climate change. This report provides comprehensive information on the physical scientific aspects of the climate system, the vulnerability of socio-economic and natural systems and options for adaptation and mitigation.
  • National Climate Assessment
    • This report summarizes climate impacts on a national scale, highlighting seven sectors: human health, water, energy, transportation, agriculture, forests and ecosystems. It also explains how climate affects particular regions of the US: the Northeast, Southeast and Caribbean, Midwest, Great Plains, Southwest, Northwest, Alaska, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands.
    • The  Global Sea Level Rise Scenarios for the National Climate Assessment report, commissioned by the National Climate Assessment, provides a synthesis of scientific literature on global sea level rise ,as well as four scenarios of global mean sea level rise that can be used in assessing vulnerability, impacts and adaptation strategies.  
  • NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information State of the Climate 2014
    • This report is based on contributions by 413 scientists from 58 countries around the world. It provides detailed updates on global climate indicators such as weather events, carbon dioxide emissions, ocean heat, precipitation and more.
  • Progress Report: Highlighting Federal Actions Addressing the Recommendations of the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience – July 2015
    • The State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience has compiled  the climate resilience priorities of the Obama Administration, as well as the status/progress on each agenda. Priorities include resiliency investments, disaster recovery, infrastructure investments, community development and water resources. 
  • Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States
    • This report was developed through collaboration between Michael Bloomberg, Henry Paulson and Tom Steyer (co-chairs) and the Rhodium group, an economic research firm specializing in analyzing disruptive global trends. It provides an assessment of the potential consequences for each region in the US and for selected sectors of the national economy. Its primary findings are:  the most economically significant risks are likely to result from damage to coastal property and infrastructure from sea level rise and storm surge, climate-driven changes in agricultural production and energy demand, and impacts of higher temperatures on labor productivity and public health.
  • United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Responses to Climate Change
    • The Responses to Climate Change Program is focused on applying adaptation measures at local and regional scales and on supporting practical, nationally consistent and cost-effective approaches and policies to reduce potential vulnerabilities to the nation’s water infrastructure resulting from climate change and variability. The Program’s home page links to Pilots and Demonstrations, which offers reports on regionally specific adaptation projects, as well as Vulnerability Assessments and Reporting, which are used to guide adaptation planning and implementation in the USACE’s operations, missions, projects and programs.
  • Urban Land Institute Urban Resilience Program
    • The Urban Resilience Program reports provide information on risk assessment processes and resilient building. It is useful for informing decisions about how to design or adapt a building or other asset to anticipated climatic impacts.
  • Survey of Regional Planning for Climate Adaptation
    • This White Paper provides survey findings on Regional Planning Organizations’ (RPOs) responses to the challenges of climate changes around the US. The purpose of the survey was to determine whether exposure to severe climate events has more influence on the level of activity reported by a RPO.
  • Mote Marine Policy Institute
    • Mote Marine is an independent research institution focused on conservation and sustainable use of oceans. The goal of its Policy Institute is to improve the connection between science and society and to strengthen the scientific basis of public policy and societal decision making. One of its policy areas, Sea Level Rise, features a synopsis report, Policy Tools for Local Adaptation to Sea Level Rise.  
  • Preliminary Estimate of Impacts of Sea Level Rise on Regional Water Resources of Southeastern Florida
    • This article, published in the Journal of Coastal Research, provides an analysis of the impact of sea level rise on the ability to meet regional water management objectives. Using the South Florida Water Management Model, it provides measurements for and comparison of the current and EPA-projected 2050 sea level conditions.