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Climate change science and expertise

Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis:   This 996 page document is part of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The IPCC is a scientific intergovernmental body set up by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to provide the decision-makers with an objective source of information about climate change. Topics covered include paleoclimates, modern climate, sea level rise, snow and ice, and future projections.

Facing tomorrow's challenges - U.S. Geological Survey science in the decade 2007-2017 (PDF): 2007. The U.S. Geological Survey 70 page planning document discussed the science future of USGS including ecosystem concerns, climate change and energy.

Advancing the Science of Climate Change, May 2010. The 506 page book from the National Research Council reviews the  compelling case that climate change is occurring and is caused in large part by human activities is based on a strong, credible body of evidence.  Briefing document only.

The State of Polar Research (PDF): 2009. A 16 page statement from the International Council for Science/World Meteorological Organization Joint Committee for the International Polar Year 2007-2008 which summarizes the state of knowledge on polar research.

Pacific Institute Water and Climate Bibliography: 2009. The Water and Climate Bibliography is a searchable, online database containing over 3,000 references to books, articles, and other scholarly works.

Florida Energy and Climate Change Action Plan - Phase Two (PDF): October 2008. 50 separate policy recommendations to address climate change in Florida. Chapter seven specifically focuses on Government policy and coordination. Cost benefit analysis of recommended policies are included.  See the science section of the report pages 31-40.

Florida's Resilient Coasts (PDF): A State Policy Framework for Adaptation to Climate Change: 2008.  A 72-page book providing a foundation for the issues facing Florida related to climate change and offering a framework for solutions. See the science of climate change appendix (pages 50-72) of this document.

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