What was the First National Climate Assessment?
The first National Climate Assessment, entitled Climate Change Impacts on the United States: The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change, was published in 2000 and was a major landmark in the ongoing effort to understand what climate change meant for the United States.
This Assessment began a national process of research, analysis, and dialogue about the coming changes in climate, their impacts, and what Americans can do to adapt to an uncertain and continuously changing climate.
What was the objective of this Assessment?
The overall goal of the First National Climate Assessment was to analyze and evaluate what was known about the potential consequences of climate variability and change for the nation in the context of other pressures on the public, the environment, and the nation's resources.
Why was this Assessment undertaken?
The Assessment was called for by a 1990 law, and was conducted under the USGCRP in response to a request from the President’s Science Advisor. The National Assessment Synthesis Team (NAST) developed the Assessment’s plan, which was approved by the National Science and Technology Council, the cabinet-level body of agencies responsible for scientific research, including global change research, in the US government.
Who was responsible for this Assessment?
The First National Climate Assessment was built on a solid foundation of science conducted as part of the United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), and was written by the National Assessment Synthesis Team (NAST).
- Overview Report - This report provides a detailed, yet abbreviated overview of the findings of the 2000 Assessment.
- Foundation Report - This comprehensive report includes all of the data and findings of the 2000 Assessment.