Climate Matters: Resources
Some of the national and international organizations that study and report on the Earth's climate.
Scientists from all over the world are studying the Earth’s climate. The breadth and depth of their work is reflected in the multitude of studies, reports and assessments that have been and continue to be published. The sources that we relied upon for this exhibition are reports and assessments carried out by respected national and international organizations. They include:
IPCC: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Established in 1998 by the United Nations Environmental Program and the World Meteorological Organization, the IPCC is a scientific body charged with the review and assessment of the scientific, technical and socio-economic information produced worldwide relevant to understanding climate change.
ACIA: Arctic Climate Impact Assessment
A project of the International Arctic Science Committee; a non-governmental organization that facilitates cooperation among arctic science researchers, and the Arctic Council, a governmental forum that includes Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, the Russian Federation, Sweden and the United States of America.
MA: Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
Kofi Annan and established in 2001, the MA is a scientific appraisal of the conditions and trends of the world’s ecosystems and the services they provide (clean water, food, flood control, etc.).
NOAA: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
A United States Federal Agency with a mission to conserve and protect natural resources as well as human life and property. Its roots date back to 1807 and its scientists use research and high-level instrumentation to provide the US and other countries with key information vital to our environmental, health and economic interests.
CDIAC: Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center
Located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, the CDIAC is the primary climate change data and information analysis center for the Department of Energy (DOE), and includes the World Data Center for Atmospheric Trace Gases. The CDIAC has performed this function for the DOE since 1982.
NASA: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NASA’s technology provides a great deal of data for the study of climate change. Currently more than a dozen satellites are in orbit carrying instrumentation for measuring and monitoring the atmosphere, oceans, land, biosphere and polar regions.
NCDC: National Climatic Data Center
The NCDC is a national resource for climate information, which tracks the trends and changes in weather and climate. The NCDC’s data is used to inform a wide variety of industries, from agriculture to recreation and tourism.
NAS: National Academies of Science
The NAS is made of four organizations—the National Academy of Engineering, The National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council—providing reports to the nation for the purpose of shaping policy, public education and advancing science, engineering and medicine.
Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academies of Science
Located in Washington, DC adjacent to the National Academies of Science, the mission of the Koshland Science Museum is to engage the general public in current scientific issues that impact their lives.
Pew Center on Global Climate Change
The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan organization that provides facts and data to the public to inform the national dialogue. It collects and disseminates facts, data and information in analytical and accessible ways. It does not make policy recommendations.
EPA: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is national organization with offices across the country. The EPA’s mission is to protect human health and to safeguard the national environment---air, water and land—upon which life depends.
OSTP: Office of Science and Technology Policy for the White House
The OSTP was established in 1976 for the purpose of advising the President and others in the Executive Office regarding the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs. The Office’s current director, John Holdren, has held positions at Harvard University and The Woods Hole Research Center.
CCAP: Chicago Climate Action Plan
A Chicago Climate Task Force consulted with leading science experts to develop five strategies to reduce CO2 emissions by 25% by the year 2020. The CCAP was implemented in 2008. Visit Climate Matters: The Chicago Story at MSI to learn more about this plan and what you can do in your own area.
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