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Updated 20 April, 2004

Climate Action Report 2002
The United States of America's Third National Communication Under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Chapter 6: Impacts and Adaptation
May 2002

 

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Chapter 6: HTML or PDF (1.5 Megabytes).  Note that the HTML version is enhanced with extensive hyperlinks to related documents and Web sites. Also available: Point-by-point response to comments received on the review draft of Chapter 6 (dated November 2001).

The full Climate Action Report 2002 is available on CD from the GCRIO Online Catalog.

On 28 May 2002, the US Government submitted the  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.  Chapter 6 (HTML or PDF) deals with impacts of and potential adaptation to climate change. This chapter is based to a large extent on the results of the US National Assessment.  

A draft of the Third Climate Action Report was released for public comment in November 2001. Comments (organized by reviewer) are available online.  Upon conclusion of the review period and consideration of the public comments, the draft was revised.


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.