Summary of Synthesis and Assessment Product*

CCSP GOAL 1

Extend knowledge of the Earth's past and present climate and environment, including its natural variability, and improve understanding of the causes of observed changes

Product 1.1

Temperature trends in the lower atmosphere: steps for understanding and reconciling differences

NOAA

Product 1.2

Past climate variability and change in the Arctic and at high latitudes

USGS

Product 1.3

Re-analyses of historical climate data for key atmospheric features: implications for attribution of causes of observed change

NOAA

CCSP GOAL 2

Improve quantification of the forces bringing about changes in the Earth's climate and related systems

Product 2.1

Scenarios of greenhouse gas emissions and atmospheric concentrations and review of integrated scenario development and application

DOE

Product 2.2

North American carbon budget and implications for the global carbon cycle

NOAA

Product 2.3

Aerosol properties and their impacts on climate

NASA

Product 2.4

Trends in emissions of ozone-depleting substances, ozone layer recovery, and implications for ultraviolet radiation exposure and climate change

NOAA

CCSP GOAL 3

Reduce uncertainty in projections of how the Earth's climate and related systems may change in the future

Product 3.1

Climate models: an assessment of strengths and limitations for user applications

DOE

Product 3.2

Climate projections for research and assessment based on emissions scenarios developed through the Climate Change Technology Program

NOAA

Product 3.3

Climate extremes including documentation of current extremes: prospects for improving projections

NOAA

Product 3.4

Risks of abrupt changes in global climate

USGS

CCSP GOAL 4

Understand the sensitivity and adaptability of different natural and managed ecosystems and human systems to climate and related global changes

Product 4.1

Coastal elevation and sensitivity to sea-level rise

EPA

Product 4.2

State-of-knowledge of thresholds of change that could lead to discontinuities (sudden changes) in some ecosystems and climate-sensitive resources

USGS

Product 4.3

Analyses of the effects of global change on agriculture, biodiversity, land, and water resources

USDA

Product 4.4

Preliminary review of adaptation options for climate-sensitive ecosystems and resources

EPA

Product 4.5

Effects of global change on energy production and use

DOE

Product 4.6

Analyses of the effects of global change on human health and welfare and human systems

EPA

Product 4.7

Within the transportation sector, a summary of climate change and variability sensitivities, potential impacts, and response options

DOT

CCSP GOAL 5

Explore the uses and identify the limits of evolving knowledge to manage risks and opportunities related to climate variability and change

Product 5.1

Uses and limitations of observations, data, forecasts, and other projections in decision support for selected sectors and regions

NASA

Product 5.2

Best-practice approaches for characterizing, communicating, and incorporating scientific uncertainty in decision making

TBD

Product 5.3

Decision support experiments and evaluations using seasonal-to-interannual forecasts and observational data

NOAA

  

* The righthand column provides the S&A product lead agency for IQA and FACA purposes.

This fact sheet was generated by the Climate Change Science Program Office in collaboration with an interagency working group composed of representatives of the 13 Federal agencies participating in the U.S. Climate Change Science Program.


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