Books and Reports

    A synthesis of potential climate change impacts on the U.S.

    Report prepared for the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, April 2004. This report is the eleventh in a series examining the potential impacts of climate change on the U.S. environment. It provides a synthesis of prior Pew Center reports regarding climate change impacts across a number of sectors and regions. (PDF, 756 KB)

    A world without ice

    H. Pollack, Penguin, 2009, 287 pages. Geophysicist Henry Pollack paints a compelling portrait of the delicate geological balance between ice and climate, and why its rapid disappearance portends serious consequences in our not-so-distant future.

    An assessment of emissions and mitigation options for black carbon for the Arctic Council

    Technical report of the Arctic Council Task Force on Short-Lived Climate Forcers, 2011. Although this report focuses on black carbon (BC), this focus does not represent a judgment by the Task Force that BC is the most important climate forcer in terms of Arctic climate change. Consistent with the Task Force's mandate, this report does not produce new scientific findings regarding the role of BC in Arctic climate change; rather, the available science presented herein provides an important context for the report's emissions and mitigation assessment. (PDF, 4.56 MB)

    Communicating on climate change: An essential resource for journalists, scientists, and educators

    B. Ward. Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting, 2008. Metcalf Institute intends for this book to be used as a resource by all parties who are trying to more accurately and clearly relate the science of climate change and the myriad impacts of this global phenomenon.

    High-Arctic ecosystem dynamics in a changing climate: Ten years of monitoring and research at Zackenberg Research Station, Northeast Greenland

    H. Meltofte et al., eds. Advances in Ecological Research No. 40 (2008). This book is based on data collected during the past 10 years by Zaceknberg Ecological Research Operations (ZERO) at Zackenberg Research Station in Northeast Greenland. The volume offers a comprehensive and authoritative analysis of how climate variability is influencing an Arctic ecosystem and how Arctic ecosystems have inherent feedback mechanisms interacting with climate variability or change.

    NATO LibGuides: Arctic Security

    A regularly updated list of reports on international security and strategic issues arising from a melting Arctic.

    Scientific assessment of the effects of global change on the United States

    Report of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources National Science and Technology Council, May 2008. This assessment analyzes the effects of global change on natural and human environments, agriculture, water resources, social systems, energy production and use, transportation, and human health. (PDF, 2.74 MB) Also available is a fact sheet summarizing the findings of the assessment.

    State of the climate in 2010

    Report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Climatic Data Center.

    The atlas of climate change: Mapping the world's greatest challenge

    K. Dow, T. Downing, University of California Press, 2007. This atlas examines the causes of climate change and considers its possible impact on subsistence, water resources, ecosystems, biodiversity, health, coastal megacities, and cultural treasures.

    The encyclopedia of weather and climate change: A complete visual guide

    J.L. Fry et al., University of California Press, 2010, 512 pages. This book explores where weather comes from and the roles played by oceans and water cycles, and explains such related phenomena as the shaping of landforms, the creation of biological provinces, and the lasting ramifications of climate change. It also discusses how humans have survived and adapted in extreme climates such as deserts, jungles, and icy regions.

    The rough guide to climate change, 2nd edition

    R. Henson, Penguin Press, 2008, 341 pages. Henson explains a range of material, starting with the basics of global warming, then moving to discussions of the state of climate science, debates and solutions, and what the reader can do to help address the issue.

    The science of climate change: Global and U.S. perspectives

    Report prepared for the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, May 2003. This report seeks to explain how climate is influenced by anthropogenic factors. As part of the Pew Center's series examining the potential impacts of higher atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases on the United States, this paper addresses what is known and not known about the science of climate change. (PDF, 9.01 MB)

    The weather of the future: Heat waves, extreme storms, and other scenes from a climate-changed planet

    H. Cullen, Harper Collins, 2010, 329 pages. Heidi Cullen, climatologist and author, describes how climate change appears to be creating extreme weather in winter and summer. She also discusses U.S. cities likely to be the most vulnerable to extreme weather, one of which she identifies as Fairbanks, Alaska. Listen to Terry Gross's interview with the author on NPR's "Fresh Air" July 25, 2011.

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