Third National Climate Assessment Describes Current and Future Impacts of Climate Change on U.S.
The Third National Climate Assessment (NCA) provides a comprehensive summary of climate change impacts on the U.S., now and in the future. The report includes observed trends and projected future conditions of climate change in the United States, as well as information on climate change mitigation and adaptation.
University of Oklahoma (OU) faculty Mark Shafer and Renee McPherson were lead authors on the Great Plains chapter of the NCA. Shafer is an Assistant Professor in the OU Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability and Associate State Climatologist at the Oklahoma Climatological Survey. McPherson is an Associate Professor in the OU Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability and Director of Research at the South Central Climate Science Center.
“Climate change is no longer projections of 100 years from now,” said Shafer. “We are already beginning to feel its impacts. This report is not a message of doom-and-gloom though; rather it clearly lays out the impacts we expect and a path forward for us to adapt to these changes.”
The Third National Climate Assessment can be accessed via: http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/