US National Assessment of the Potential
Consequences of Climate Variability and Change

A detailed overview of the consequences
of climate change and mechanisms for adaptation
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In 1997, the U. S. Global Change Research Program initiated the "National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change for the United States." This national level assessment included analyses of the importance of climate variability and change for twenty regions around the US, for five cross-cutting sectors, and for the US as a whole. A thirteen-member National Assessment Synthesis Team (NAST) summarized and integrated the findings of the regional and sectoral studies; and drew conclusions about the importance of the consequences of climate change and variability for the US. Both an Overview report (intended for decision makers and the public) and a Foundation report (intended for experts) were prepared and submitted to the President and Congress in November 2000.
Background information
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Student Reading Book
See also our National Assessment Education Resources.  Consists of regional sections for educators.

Master List  of Workshop and Assessment Reports
Published under the US National Assessment.

Reports by the National Assessment Synthesis Team

Overview Report.  Concise, well illustrated summary. 

Foundation Report. Longer and more detailed report.

Public Review drafts. The reports were available for public review from June 12 to August 11, 2000.

Citations. Published information that formed the basis for the Overview and Foundation reports.

Images. Images used in the Overview and Foundation Reports.

Regions.  Find out more about specific areas of the US.

Sectors.  Details on these 5 topics:

Agriculture Water Health Forests

Coastal Areas &
Marine Resources

Back issues (July 1998 through September 2000) of Acclimations, newsletter of the National Assessment.
Chapter 6 (Impacts and Adaptation) of Climate Action Report 2002. The United States of America's Third National Communication Under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to the United Nations in fulfillment of its commitment under the Climate Convention. The chapter is based to a large extent on the results of the US National Assessment.

  
The US National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change was published in 2000 by the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). For information from more recent assessments from the USGCRP, see the National Climate Assessment section of ClimateImpacts.org.