There are probably thousands of pages on the web related to climate change, now including this one. The links below are intended to provide an overview of web resources from reputable sources, in particular to provide some context for local government work on the Oregon Coast related to climate change.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC) was established in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to assess scientific, technical and socioeconomic information relevant to climate change, its potential impacts, and options for adaptation and mitigation. IPCC's website provides access to its reports, including its Third Assessment Synthesis Report
published in 2001. The IPCC is currently finalizing its Fourth Assessment Report, "Climate Change 2007."
The US Climate Change Science Program
integrates federal research on global climate change. In particular, this site provides access to a series of Synthesis and Assessment Products
under five broad Climate Change Science Program goals. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Program
provides links to different climate-related NOAA functions, including Observations and Monitoring, Research and Modeling, and Climate Information; and the NOAA Climate Program Office
. The University of Maryland's Center for Integrative Environmental Research recently released a report on the economic effects of climate change. "The US Economic Impacts of Climate Change and the Costs of Inaction
" says the economic costs of climate change in the United States will be major and nationwide in scope. However, economic costs largely remain uncounted, unplanned for, and generally absent from public discussions.
Pacific Northwest Region
Oregon: Meeting the Challenge of Climate Change
. The Oregon Department of Energy has created an excellent web portal to provide information on the many aspects of climate change that are likely to affect or concern Oregonians. In particular there is a section devoted to "Adapting and Preparing
" that provides information on the Governor's Climate Change Integration Group (CCIG), which is due to produce a report on climate change at the end of 2007."Reducing Emissions
" is Oregon's Strategy for Greenhouse Gas Reductions.
Other state agencies are increasing their attention to issues related to climate change. The Oregon Forest Resources Institute, assisted by the Oregon State University College of Forestry, completed a major synthesis of the science on forests and climate change called "Forests, Carbon and Climate Change
." The Oregon Water Resources Department is just about to begin a long-term water supply planning effort, which will include investigating the potential effects of climate change on Oregon's water supplies. (Stay tuned to WRD's Oregon Water Supply and Conservation Initiative
web site for details.) And the Department of Environmental Quality
is working on two new initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The University of Oregon's Institute for a Sustainable Environment has established a Climate Leadership Initiative (CLI)
to increase public understanding of, and provide technical assistance on, the risks and opportunities associated with global warming. Finally, the Institute for Natural Resources
at Oregon State University has completed several projects related to climate change.