Climate Change Resources

Information and resources on climate change

The NOAA NCEI Assessments Technical Support Unit, staffed largely by NCICS personnel, has supported the development and production of several climate change assessment products, including the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s Third National Climate Assessment (NCA3) and assessment of the impacts of climate change on human health, regional climate scenarios developed for NCA3, a NOAA NESDIS Technical Report comparing CMIP3 and CMIP5 simulations, and, most recently, the NOAA NCEI State Climate Summaries

Various Federal agencies produce other resources on climate change, some of which are provided below.

EPA Fact Sheets: Climate Impacts by State

EPA Climate Indicators Report (2016)

IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5)

One of the main activities of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the preparation of comprehensive Assessment Reports about the state of scientific, technical, and socio-economic knowledge on climate change, its causes, potential impacts, and response strategies. Since its inception in 1988 the IPCC has prepared five multivolume assessment reports. The Fifth Assessment Report was released between September 2013 and November 2014.

Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society Annual Reports

State of the Climate

An international, peer-reviewed publication released each summer, the “State of the Climate” is the authoritative annual summary of the global climate published as a supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

Explaining Extreme Events from a Climate Perspective

This special year-end report of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS) publishes studies by leading climate scientists about specific extreme events around the world, focusing on a growing concern of the scientific community—event attribution. Now in its fifth editions, the supplement demonstrates a greater sophistication in scientists’ abilities to understand the effects of climate change on some extreme events. Peer-reviewed articles cover many types of events, such as sunny-day flooding and extreme drought from Tasmania to Egypt.


Annual U.S. Climate Report (2016)

Released by NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), the annual U.S. Climate Report compiles the findings of monthly and seasonal summaries released throughout the year. The report analyzes temperature and precipitation data for states and regions and describes annual anomalies and extremes. Context and mitigating factors, such as El Niño, are provided for each significant impact.

Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters

NCEI compiles this report of each year’s most costly weather and climate disasters, now totalling an estimated $1.1 trillion since 1980. To tally the estimate, the report uses statistics from the National Weather Service, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, other U.S. government agencies, individual state emergency management agencies, state and regional climate centers, media reports, and the insurance industry.

Annual Global Climate Report

This summary from NOAA’s NCEI covers global climate conditions of the previous year. The annual report is part of a suite of climate services NOAA provides to government, businesses, academia, and the public to support informed decision-making.