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Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment

TitleClimate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment
Publication TypeManual Entry
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsMelillo, Jerry M., Terese Richmond, and Gary W. Yohe
The National Climate Assessment assesses the science of climate change 
and its impacts across the United States, now and throughout this century. 
It documents climate change related impacts and responses for various 
sectors and regions, with the goal of better informing public and private 
decision-making at all levels. 
A team of more than 300 experts (see page 98), guided by a 60-member 
National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee 
(listed on page vi) produced the full report – the largest and most diverse 
team to produce a U.S. climate assessment. Stakeholders involved in the 
development of the assessment included decision-makers from the public 
and private sectors, resource and environmental managers, researchers, 
representatives from businesses and non-governmental organizations, and 
the general public. More than 70 workshops and listening sessions were 
held, and thousands of public and expert comments on the draft report 
provided additional input to the process. 
The assessment draws from a large body of scientific peer-reviewed 
research, technical input reports, and other publicly available sources; all 
sources meet the standards of the Information Quality Act. The report was 
extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including a panel of the 
National Academy of Sciences, the 13 Federal agencies of the U.S. Global 
Change Research Program, and the Federal Committee on Environment, 
Natural Resources, and Sustainability.
Citation Key1773
Refereed DesignationRefereed