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The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is responsible for supporting climate, weather and ocean science and research, and disseminating this information to the public. The site contains information about climate change, climate models, meteorology and climate data archives for the U.S.
The Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) is a center within the Earth Institute at Columbia University. CIESIN works at the intersection of the social, natural, and information sciences, and specializes in on-line data and information management, spatial data integration and training, and interdisciplinary research related to human interactions in the environment.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is widely regarded as the most authoritative international voice on the science and impacts of climate change. Established under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), it assembles experts in climate change science and prediction and prepares reports assessing the scientific knowledge on climate change. The Assessment Reports cover, in depth, the science of climate change, impacts, adaptation, vulnerability and mitigation, There are several special reports covering emissions, land use, and aviation. Summaries for Policymakers and Technical reports are available online.
The United States Geological Survey gateway to data and land information images from aerial photos and satellites. Specific products available include land cover maps, elevation maps and other maps and images with important geographic information. High resolution orthoimagery of major US cities is being added (these are part of the USGS's "National Map"). These images can be supplemented with layers showing elevation, transportation infrastructure and environmental features of interest.
The mission of the International Research Institute for Climate Prediction (IRI) is to enhance society's capability to understand, anticipate and manage the impacts of seasonal climate fluctuations, in order to improve human welfare and the environment, especially in developing countries. This mission is to be conducted through strategic and applied research, education and capacity building, and provision of forecast and information products, with an emphasis on practical and verifiable utility and partnerships.
The Connecticut River Project Wiki records the progress being made by The Nature Conservancy, the US Army Corps of Engineers New England District Office, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the USACE Hydrologic Engineering Center (HEC), and theUS Geologic Survey (USGS) on the Connecticut River Project.
NASA's Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) provides access to data and information resources that include demographic data, land cover data, indicator data, SRES emissions scenario data and international environmental treaties (including the Kyoto Protocol).
SeaAndSkyNY is a multi-author science blog that was launched November 18th, 2010. It has the goal of building public knowledge of coastal flooding and sea level rise threats, and informing both stakeholders and journalists on research in progress by CCRUN’s coastal group. Five blog posts have been written summarizing the history of storm surges and current research goals for the New York City region, and are accessible here:
• Rising Waters and Coastal Floods: Living with Sea Level Rise in NYC, parts 1 & 2, by Vivien Gornitz, May 26, 2011
• Rain-Wind-Tide Flooding Trifecta, by Philip Orton, May 16, 2011
• Rain- and Wind-Driven Coastal Flooding, by Philip Orton, April 16, 2011
• Can NYC Beaches Get Swallowed by the Sea in a Storm? by Philip Orton, March 10, 2011
• The NYC Storm Surge Threat, by Philip Orton, February 14, 2011
These websites for Climate Change Impacts on the New England Environment provide news and information about research, events, and workshops at UMass-Amherst, the Five Colleges, and around New England related to climate change impacts in our region. Our goals include continuous learning about on-going interdisciplinary research on climate change and impacts, encouraging collaboration within the New England climate research community, making connections between regional stakeholders and climate researchers, as well as helping to focus future directions of regional climate change research. The site includes upcoming events and recordings of past presentations, bibliography of articles that relate to climate change impacts on the New England environment, and links to climate change resources on academic and government levels.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is the international environmental agreement aimed at reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. The Conference of the Parties (COP) is a group representing countries that have ratified the UNFCCC. Numerous documents are available from this site, including: the full text of the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol text, official documents of the COP, international climate negotiations updates and some general educational information about the international climate mitigation agenda. This website provides the most current information on intergovernmental policies and agreements on greenhouse gas stabilization.
Links to World Health Organization reports and publications, many of which are available online, as well as general climate change and health information and workshop information.
The Columbia Climate and Health Program (CCHP) strives to improve society's capacity to understand, adapt to, and help reduce the anticipated adverse health impacts of climate change. The program's goals are to engage science professionals from diverse disciplines to examine climate change's effects on health, to educate the next generation of public health professionals about the vulnerabilities and adaptive capacities of society, and to combine forces with government, non-profit, and private entities to expand the program's knowledge-base.
The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) supports research on the interactions of natural and human-induced changes in the global environment and their implications for society.
Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health "pursues an agenda of education, research, and service to address the critical and complex public health issues affecting New Yorkers, the nation, and the world."
Environmental Defense has a wealth of information about climate change science, policy, and current ED initiatives and reports on the topic.
The Gateway to Global Change Data and Information" for the U.S. Global Change Research Program, the GCDIS website contains links to U.S. and international data sources, documents, educations resources, U.S. agency websites, U.S. Global Change policy and recent research findings.
The Boston Indicator’s Project, a partnership between the Boston Foundation, the City of Boston, and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, attempts to make information more accessible, encourage informed discussion amongst citizens, and identify mutual interests within the community. By connecting readers to key information resources in its online outreach, such as the Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment and the Climate’s Long-Term Impacts on Metro Boston (CLIMB) Project, the Boston Indicator’s Project not only educates citizens about the regional effects of climate change and the value of environmental stewardship, but also connects them to other relevant resources, further expanding their knowledge of the topic.
The Climate Registry consolidates consistent greenhouse gas emissions data from North American states, provinces, territories and Native Sovereign Nations to create a single registry.
NYC Cool Roofs project encourages building owners to cool their rooftops by applying a reflective white coating that reduces energy use, cooling costs and carbon emissions. This program is part of PlanYC.
Environment Northeast is a non-profit research and advocacy organization addressing large-scale environmental problems through policy analysis and collaborative problem solving efforts. They focus on diesel emissions and clean engines, energy conservation and energy system reform and clean power.
The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) is a non-profit organization created in June 1999 to establish a functional international framework for trading greenhouse gas emission reductions. Its members include leading international companies that seek to develop an emissions trading regime that results in real and verifiable greenhouse gas emission reductions while balancing economic efficiency with environmental integrity and social equity.
The World Resources Institute is an independent nonprofit organization working on many projects related to Climate change and energy all over the globe.