Toward a second U.S. national climate change assessment
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 86, Issue 52, pages 550–551, 27 December 2005
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2005), Toward a second U.S. national climate change assessment, Eos Trans. AGU, 86(52), 550–551, doi:10.1029/2005EO520003.(
- Issue published online: 3 JUN 2011
- Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
The Bush administration has a problematic relationship with climate science research and the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP), the program through which federal agencies coordinate support for research on climate and global change. The administration has acted to impede forthright communication of the state of climate science and its implications for society, particularly at the points at which key scientifically-based assessments of climate change touch on the arenas of policy-making and research planning.
The administration essentially has suppressed a major study, the National Assessment of Climate Change Impacts, which was produced by an independent team of scientists with the support of the federal research program [National Assessment Synthesis Team, 2000, 2001; Piltz, 2005; Thacker, 2005a; Thacker, 2005b] (http://www.usgcrp.gov/usgcrp/nacc/). In its place, the administration has substituted a set of 21 prospective synthesis reports on disparate topics, under a process in which drafts by lead authors will undergo final review at a political level prior to being published as government documents (described at http://www.climatescience.gov).