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U.S. Government Agencies: Climate Change Programs

  • Department of Agriculture, Global Climate Change
    The Global Change Program Office (GCPO) functions as the Department-wide coordinator of agriculture, rural and forestry-related global change program and policy issues facing USDA. The Office ensures that USDA is a source of objective, analytical assessments of the effects of climate change and proposed response strategies. The Office also serves as USDA's focal point for climate change issues and is responsible for coordinating activities with other Federal agencies, interacting with the legislative branch on climate change issues affecting agriculture and forestry, and representing USDA on U.S. delegations to international climate change discussions.

  • Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Climate
    NOAA is charged with helping society understand, plan for, and respond to climate variability and change. This is achieved through the development and delivery of climate information services, the implementation of a global observing system, and focused research and modeling to understand key climate processes. The NOAA climate mission is an end-to-end endeavor focused on providing a predictive understanding of the global climate system so the public can incorporate the information and products into their decisions. NOAA is a key participating agency in the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) as well as other significant international, national, and regional activities.

  • Department of Commerce, NOAA, Climate Program Office
    NOAA is a leading provider of weather, water, and climate information and services to the nation and the world. Established in October 2005, NOAA's Climate Program Office (CPO) provides strategic guidance and oversight for the agency's climate science and services programs. Designed to build knowledge of climate variability and change-and how they affect our health, our economy, and our future.

  • Department of Commerce, NOAA, Office of General Counsel for International Law
    Climate change has emerged as a critical global environmental and socio-economic issue. A number of international bodies are considering measures for mitigating the effects of climate change. For example, the sequestration of carbon dioxide in the deep seabed and the fertilization of the oceans through the deposit of iron and other materials are being reviewed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) is cooperating with the IMO on research on ocean fertilization and is also considering impacts to coastal communities from sea level rise. NOAA and other federal government agencies are also undertaking research and exploring mitigation measures to address climate change.

  • Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration (EIA)
    Environment: energy-related emissions data and environmental analyses

    The EIA site provides official energy statistics from the U.S. Government and includes U.S. and international emissions data along with information on greenhouse gas reporting, environmental analyses, emissions forecasts, and historical environmental indicators.

  • Department of Energy, Office of Biological & Environmental Research, Climate and Environmental Sciences Division
    DOE's Climate Change Research program supports four contributing areas of research: Climate and Hydrology; Atmospheric Chemistry and Carbon Cycle; Ecological Processes; and Human Interactions. The research is focused on understanding the physical, chemical, and biological processes affecting the Earth's atmosphere, land, and oceans and how these processes may be affected, either directly or indirectly, by energy production and use, primarily the emission of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel combustion.

  • Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Climate Change and Public Health
    Experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cannot predict how climate change will affect society and public health, but CDC is working to address the health issues that may be associated with global climate change. CDC's expertise and programs in environmental health, infectious disease, and other fields form the foundation of public health efforts in preparedness for climate change.

  • Department of Housing and Urban Development, Community Planning and Development, Green Homes and Communities
    HUD provides resources to help find smart solutions to today's energy and environmental challenges. Examples demonstrate how communities and organizations are developing strategies that address these challenges. Links to programs such as Energy Star, PATH, LEED, and RESNET are included.

  • Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Climate Change Science
    The earth's surface is a dynamic system of which humans are a part. USGS Global Change Research activities strive to achieve a whole-system understanding of the interrelationships among earth surface processes, ecological systems, and human activities. The program focuses on documenting, analyzing, and modeling the character of past and present environments and the geological, biological, hydrological, and geochemical processes involved in environmental change so that future environmental changes and impacts can be anticipated.

  • Department of the Interior, USGS, Delta Research and Global Observation Network (DRAGON)
    The Delta Research and Global Observation Network (DRAGON) is establishing a community of practice to allow scientists, managers, and policy-makers to develop cooperative projects and share information. Partners are developing quantitative tools and spatially explicit models which will be available through the site.

  • Department of the Interior, USGS, National Wetlands Research Center, Global Climate Change
    Scientists study how increases in temperature, sea level, and atmospheric carbon dioxide affect wetland plants. Integrated approaches address questions at the species, community, and landscape levels of organization and focus on factors related to hydroperiod, sea-level rise, disturbance events, and coastal marsh submergence. Research helps scientists establish the current state and vulnerability of coastal ecosystems and provides an understanding of the processes which underlie these changes.

  • Department of the Interior, USGS, Office of Global Change
    The USGS strives to understand how the earth works and to anticipate changes in how the earth functions. To accomplish this, USGS science aims to understand the interrelationships among earth surface processes, ecological systems, and human activities. This includes understanding current changes in the context of pre-historic and recent earth processes, distinguishing between natural and human-influenced changes, and recognizing ecological and physical responses to changes in climate.

  • Department of Justice, Environmental Management Systems
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) is committed to reducing the environmental impact of its activities throughout the organization. To facilitate this goal, DOJ is in the process of developing Environmental Management Systems (EMS) at buildings and for programs across the agency.

  • Department of State, Climate Change
    The United States has initiated a number of polices and partnerships that span a wide range of initiatives from reducing our emissions at home to developing transformational low-carbon technologies to improving observations systems that will help us better understand and address the possible impacts of climate change. Our efforts emphasize the importance of results-driven action both internationally and domestically.

  • Department of State, Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate
    The Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate is an innovative effort to accelerate the development and deployment of clean energy technologies. The Partnership employs a unique public-private partnership model that brings together industry stakeholders and government officials to achieve Partnership goals. The APP is an integral component of U.S. efforts to combat climate change, promote energy security, and foster international economic growth and cooperation.

  • Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Highways and Climate Change
    The Highways and Climate Change website provides information on FHWA research, publications, and resources related to climate change science, policies, and actions. Users will also find current state and local practices for adapting to climate change and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

  • Department of Transportation, Transportation and Climate Change Clearinghouse
    The Transportation and Climate Change Clearinghouse is designed as a one-stop source of information on transportation and climate change issues. It includes information on greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories, analytic methods and tools, GHG reduction strategies, potential impacts of climate change on transportation infrastructure, and approaches for integrating climate change considerations into transportation decision making.

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