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Climate Change Impacts on the United States: The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change, Report for the US Global Change Research Program, Foundation Report

National Assessment Synthesis Team 2001. Climate Change Impacts on the United States: The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change, Report for the US Global Change Research Program, Foundation Report. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 620 pp.

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The following is excerpted from the National Assessment Report (p.8) The purpose of the U.S. National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change is to synthesize, evaluate, and report on what is presently known about the potential consequences of climate variability and change for the US in the 21st century. The report identifies key climatic vulnerabilities of particular regions and sectors in the context of other changes in the nation’s environment, resources, and economy. It also sought to identify potential measures to adapt to climate variability and change. Finally, because present knowledge is limited, the Assessment sought to identify the highest priority uncertainties about which we must know more to understand climate impacts, vulnerabilities, and our ability to adapt. The National Assessment was forwarded to the President and Congress in November 2000 for their consideration. The National Assessment Foundation Report is a synthesis of the individual regional and sector team reports developed as part of the National Assessment effort. The Climate Impact Group's contribution for the Pacific Northwest can be found at http://www.usgcrp.gov/usgcrp/Library/nationalassessment/09PNW.pdf.