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"Climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for--and in many cases is already affecting--a broad range of human and natural systems. The compelling case for these conclusions is provided in Advancing the Science of Climate Change, part of a congressionally requested suite of studies known as America's Climate Choices. While noting that there is always more to learn and that the scientific process is never closed, the book shows that hypotheses about climate change are supported by multiple lines of evidence and have stood firm in the face of serious debate and careful evaluation of alternative explanations. As decision makers respond to these risks, the nation's scientific enterprise can contribute through research that improves understanding of the causes and consequences of climate change and also is useful to decision makers at the local, regional, national, and international levels. The book identifies decisions being made in 12 sectors, ranging from agriculture to transportation, to identify decisions being made in response to climate change. Advancing the Science of Climate Change calls for a single federal entity or program to coordinate a national, multidisciplinary research effort aimed at improving both understanding and responses to climate change. Seven cross-cutting research themes are identified to support this scientific enterprise. In addition, leaders of federal climate research should redouble efforts to deploy a comprehensive climate observing system, improve climate models and other analytical tools, invest in human capital, and improve linkages between research and decisions by forming partnerships with action-oriented programs"--Publisher's description.

Table of Contents

Introduction: science for understanding and responding to climate change
What we know about climate change and its interactions with people and ecosystems
A new era of climate change research
Integrative themes for climate change research
Recommendations for meeting the challenge of climate change research
Changes in the climate system
Sea level rise and the coastal environment
Freshwater resources
Ecosystems, ecosystem services, and biodiversity
Agriculture, fisheries, and food production
Public health
Cities and the built environment
Energy supply and use
Solar radiation management
National and human security
Designing, implementing, and evaluating climate policies.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 421-474).

Also available in Open Book format via the National Academies Press home page.

America's climate choices, America's climate choices


Library of Congress
QC903.2.U6 N373 2010

The Physical Object

xxi, 503 p. :
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0309145880, 0309145899
9780309145886, 9780309145893
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