Climate Literacy: "The Essential Principles of Climate Sciences" is now available (posted 13 March 2009). The Climate Literacy presents information that is deemed important for individuals and communities to know and understand about Earth climate, impacts of climate change, and approaches to adaptation or mitigation. Principles in the guide can serve as discussion starters or launching
points for scientific inquiry. The guide can also serve educators who
teach climate science as part of their science curricula.Development of the guide began at a workshop sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science(AAAS).
Multiple science agencies, non-governmental organizations, and numerous
individuals also contributed through extensive review and comment
periods. Discussion at the National Science Foundation(NSF)
and NOAA-sponsored Atmospheric Sciences and Climate Literacy workshop
contributed substantially to the refinement of the document.
Lead Authors: Fagre D.B., Charles C.W., Allen C.D., Birkeland C., Chapin F.S. III,
Groffman P.M., Guntenspergen G.R., Knapp A.K., McGuire A.D., Mulholland
P.J., Peters D.P.C., Roby D.D., and Sugihara G.
Final Report of Synthesis and Assessment Product 2.3 "Aerosol properties and their impacts on climate" is posted online (posted 16 Jan 2009)
. See also press release from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
The report provides a review of the current knowledge about global distributions and properties of atmospheric aerosols, as they relate to aerosol impacts on climate. It assesses possible next steps aimed at substantially reducing uncertainties in aerosol radiative forcing estimates.
Lead Authors: Mian Chin, Ralph A. Kahn, Lorraine A. Remer, Hongbin Yu, David Rind, Graham Feingold, Patricia K. Quinn, Stephen E. Schwartz, David G. Streets, Philip DeCola, Rangasayi Halthore