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Forest Service Resources

The following sites are portals to climate change activities and research within the Forest Service, individual FS Research Stations and select research units. They feature research on climate change and associated forest threats, ecosystem responses, adaptation and mitigation. Some also profile case studies and activities that support land management planning under climate change.

Other Federal Government

Joint Fire Science Program
The JFSP develops science-based knowledge and tools to support federal, tribal, state, and local agencies and their partners in the many areas. "Climate Change"
A list of online resources containing U.S. government science information and research results pertaining to climate change. Resources span a wide range of topics, from atmospheric modeling to ecosystem monitoring to human health.

NASA – Global Cimate Change
Contains a wealth of climate change information and multimedia from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Includes educational materials, animations and videos, recent news, kids resources, real time data on climate metrics, and more.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - Global Change Master Directory
An extensive directory of Earth science data. The GCMD database holds more than 30,000 descriptions of Earth science data sets and services covering all aspects of Earth and environmental sciences.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - Climate and Radiation Branch
A NASA branch that conducts research focused on atmospheric measurement, numerical modeling, and climate analysis. They investigate atmospheric radiation both as a driver for climate change and as a tool for the remote sensing of Earth's atmosphere and surface. Access to research descriptions and publications are available here.

NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies - Datasets and Images
A key objective of GISS research is prediction of atmospheric and climate changes in the 21st century. This website provides access to climate change simulators and observational data on temperature, precipitation, aerosols, radiation and climate forcing and other processes.

NOAA - Climate
This website collects and organizes the various National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) work relating to climate change, including climate observation & monitoring, research, modeling, and information services geared towards helping communities manage climate risks.

NOAA - Climate Research
NOAA's research laboratories conduct a wide range of research into complex climate systems and how they work. This site provides access to NOAA work on climate modeling, observations, predictions, additional atmospheric processes, paleoclimatology and research initiatives that support regional information needs.

NOAA - National Climatic Data Center
The NCDC is the world’s largest archive of weather data. The center offers access to data, maps and publications as well as services such as data resource consultations. This website is also a gateway to accessing NOAA data subsets, for example paleoclimatology data.

The NOAA Climate Program Office (CPO) provides strategic guidance and oversight for the agency’s climate science and services programs. The main focuses of CPO programs include climate observation and monitoring, climate research and modeling, and the development of climate services that improve society’s ability to respond to climate change.

NOAA - National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS)
NESDIS provides timely access to global environmental data from satellites and other sources. From this page one can access global oceanographic data, the NOAA climatic data center, and a variety of satellite imagery.

USFWS –Climate Change
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is dedicated to helping reduce the impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats. One initiative is the development of a series of regional Landscape Conservation Cooperatives designed to engage multiple landowners and management organizations in addressing climate change impacts on ecosystems and species.

DOE Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center
The primary climate change data and information analysis center of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This site provides access to records and datasets on atmospheric CO2, plant and ecosystem responses to elevated CO2, and terrestrial carbon management among other subjects.

EPA - Climate Change
This site coordinates climate change information from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other sources. It provides overviews on GHG emissions, health, environmental effects, regulation/policy, economics, and GHG reduction strategies among other topics.

EPA- Climate Change Links Database
EPA currently has over 250 climate change-related links, including an array of resources geared towards educators.

U.S. Global Change Research Program
The USGCRP integrates federal research on global change and its environmental and societal implications. The site includes concise summaries on climate change impacts for different sectors (ie. agriculture) and regions of the US. It also provides access to ‘Synthesis and Assessment’ reports written to support decision-making under climate change.

USDA - NRCS, National Water and Climate Center
This website from the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) aims to develop and transfer water and climate information and technology that supports natural resource conservation. It is a source for spatial information on snow, water, climate, and hydrology.

USGS - National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center
The NCCWSC was created recently to help provide scientific information with which to inform the management of fish and wildlife under climate change, while working across jurisdictional boundaries. The center’s initial activities have focused on funding new climate change research projects by USGS scientists and launching pilot programs to look at wildlife adaptation and management options.</p>

USGS - Climate Change in Mountain Ecosystems
A USGS research program that seeks to understand the effects of past climatic variability on northern Rocky Mountain resources, to document and understand climate-driven changes in the regional landscape, and to project future changes.

USGS - Office of Global Change
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) aims to understand the interrelationships among earth surface processes, ecological systems, and human activities. This website provides a range of USGS contributions to climate change science, including links to research on modeling past and present environments, hydrologic analysis, climate change impacts on wildlife, and more.

Office of the Federal Environmental Executive (Whitehouse)
A task force under the White House Council on Environmental Quality. The office is responsible for promoting sustainable environmental stewardship throughout the federal government.

DOT Center for Climate Change and Environmental Forecasting
A portal for information on transportation and climate change from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Available information includes greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories, methods for analyzing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, and emissions reduction strategies.

Council on Environmental Quality (Whitehouse)
Coordinates federal environmental efforts in the development of environmental policies and initiatives.

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Collaborative, International, and Nongovernmental Organizations

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) conducts research that is geared towards enabling informed and equitable decision making about the use and management of forests in less-developed countries. A principle focus of the organization is on managing forests to enable mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

Climate Change and Biological Diversity - Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
Provides an overview on how climate change is being integrated into the CBD mission and activities. The site provides example case studies that have incorporated biodiversity considerations into climate change adaptation planning.

Global Warming: Signs and Sources
An interactive website from the Discovery Channel that shows some of the evidence of global warming, as well some basics on the carbon cycle and GHG sources. The site provides access to interactive maps, slide shows and video clips featuring areas where climate change is having an impact.

Natural Resource Defense Council
Get state by state data on threats to human health related to climate change, actions being taken to prepare communities, and state climate adaptation strategies.

Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science
The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) has been designed as a collaborative effort among the Forest Service, universities, and forest industry to provide information on managing forests for climate change adaptation, enhanced carbon sequestration, and sustainable production of bioenergy and materials.

IUCN- Climate Change
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) supports scientific research, manages field projects, and coordinates with multiple agencies to develop policy concerning environment and development challenges. This site is dedicated to their activities regarding climate change.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - Methods & Science
The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) undertakes work on methodological and scientific matters as they relate to the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol process. Some of the issues the SBSTA is currently dealing with are land use, land-use change and forestry, adaptation, mitigation, research, systematic observation, and transport emissions.

Western Forests Climate Change Task Force
An ad-hoc group of scientists and land managers that are interested in understanding the potential effects of climate change on natural and planted forests in the western U.S. Focal areas include climate change and its effect on tree physiology and development, on the health and productivity of forests, and forest management responses. An overarching goal of this group is to consider these questions in relation to forest tree genetics and tree breeding.

CAKE - Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange
Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) is a joint project of Island Press  and EcoAdapt. It is aimed at building a shared knowledge base for managing natural systems in the face of rapid climate change. 

The Consortium for Integrated Climate Research in Western Mountains (CIRMOUNT) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary consortium dedicated to understanding climates and ecosystems of western North American mountains.

Community Forestry Resource Center
CFRC is a project of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), a nongovernmental organization. Their aim is to promote responsible forest management by encouraging the long-term health and prosperity of small, privately-owned woodlots. The website features current information on a variety of issues pertinent to small landowners, including biofuels, forest certification and invasive species.

IPCC - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
The IPCC is a scientific intergovernmental body set up by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Their aim is to provide a scientific view on the current state of climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic consequences. Their Assessment Reports are available on this site.

Pew Center on Climate Change
The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) - The center, which succeeds the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, brings together business leaders, policymakers, scientists, and other experts to work together for climate protection and sustained economic growth. The site provides expert analyses of climate issues, with a broader focus on policy, business solutions and education.

World Bank - Climate Change
The World Bank maintains a social focus on climate change, highlighting its potential risks to agriculture, water supply, and disaster managment in developing nations. Information on societal adaptation and mitigation strategies are provided here along with current news.

World Data Center for Greenhouse Gases
The WDCGG organization gathers, archives and disseminates data on greenhouse gases and related gases in the atmosphere and ocean, as observed under Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) and other programs. The website provides WDCGG publications and measurement data contributed by organizations and individual researchers.

Climate Central
Climate Central is a nonprofit, collaborative group of scientists and communicators. Climate Central's mission is to create a bridge between the scientific community and the public, providing clear, honest, nonpartisan, and up-to-date information to help people make sound decisions about climate and energy.

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State Government

Climate Change in Oregon
From the Oregon Department of Energy, this site provides information on climate and energy initiatives in Oregon, including greenhouse gas reduction strategies, renewable energy resources, and reports on climate change actions.

EPA- State and Local Climate Energy Program
An EPA program that provides technical assistance, analytical tools, and outreach support to state, local, and tribal governments. This includes help with assessing policy options and measuring the costs and benefits of addressing climate change via energy efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)
RGGI is the first mandatory, market-based effort in the United States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. States involved in the initiative include Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

State of California - Climate Change Research Center
Offers final reports on studies related to climate change and energy use in California. Principle research areas are climate monitoring, analysis and modeling; greenhouse gas inventory methods; options for greenhouse gas reduction; and climate change impacts and adaptation.

The Western Climate Initiative
A collaboration launched in February 2007 by the Governors of Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington to develop regional strategies to address climate change.

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Alaska Climate Research Center
A research and service organization at the Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks. The group conducts research focusing on Alaska and polar regions climatology and archives climatological data for Alaska.

The Exploratorium - Global Climate Change Research Explorer
An educational site that allows the exploration of scientific data and provides succinct explanations of data relating to climate change and Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, snow and ice cover, and living organisms.

Purdue Climate Change Research Center (PCCRC)
The PCCRC was chartered in 2004 to create a world-class multidisciplinary research center focused on interrelated aspects of climate change, its impacts, and mitigation. Descriptions of research projects and publications can be found here.

University of California
A collection of links to climate change, air quality, and space research at UC institutions.

UC San Diego—Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Climate Research Division
Research themes in the Climate Research Division include predicting the natural variability of climate and understanding the consequences of man-made increases in the greenhouse effect. There is a strong emphasis placed on interdisciplinary research in order to understand the tightly coupled interactions between different earth components (ie. atmosphere, seas and land surface). View climate prediction tools and current research on this site.

Yale Forestry & Enviromental Studies (F & ES) Project on Climate Change
This project addresses the gap between climate change science and action in the U.S. Research examines public values, attitudes and behaviors regarding climate change, climate science communication, end the economics of climate change mitigation among other topics.

Colorado State University - Colorado Climate Center
The Colorado Climate Center was established to provide information and expertise concerning Colorado’s climate. They assist the state of Colorado in monitoring climate over a range of time scales.

International Arctic Research Center (IARC)
IARC integrates Arctic climate change research efforts and synthesizes and communicates the results to the global climate research community. The website features educational and outreach resources as well as research.

Oregon State University - Ocean Air Magazine
Synopses of climate change research from OSU's College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences.

Stanford University - The Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP)
This group conducts research on technologies that will permit the development of global energy systems with significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions. The site includes descriptions of current research efforts and news.

UC Berkeley - California Energy and Climate
Sponsored by the Climate Energy Policy Institute (CEPI), the focus of this site is to provide a forum for research on the economic and social impacts of climate change, institutional and technological responses, and coping with knowledge gaps in policy formation. Publications, news and video lectures are all available on the site.

University of Washington - Climate Impacts Group
An interdisciplinary research group studying the impacts of natural climate variability and global climate change on the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Through research and interaction with regional stakeholders, the CIG works to increase the resilience of the Pacific Northwest to fluctuations in climate. Principle areas of interest include climate impacts on water, forests, salmon and coasts along with the human socioeconomic and political systems associated with each.

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Climate Change Communication

National Inquirer Climate Change Articles
The Natural Inquirer is a middle school science education journal! Scientists report their research in journals, which enable scientists to share information with one another. This journal, The Natural Inquirer, was created so that scientists can share their research with middle school students. Each article tells you about scientific research conducted by scientists in the USDA Forest Service.

Climate Change Wildlife and Wildlands: a toolkit for formal and informal educators
Basic climate change information, case studies & videos on climate change impacts on wildlife, and resources for teachers.

Climate Central
Climate Central is a nonprofit, collaborative group of scientists and communicators. Climate Central's mission is to create a bridge between the scientific community and the public, providing clear, honest, nonpartisan, and up-to-date information to help people make sound decisions about climate and energy.

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