Climate Change: State of Knowledge Metadata

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Title

  • Main Title Climate Change: State of Knowledge

Creator

  • Author: Environmental division, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President
    Creator Type: Organization
    Creator Info: Washington, DC

Publisher

  • Name: U.S. Global Change Research Program
    Place of Publication: Washington, DC
    Additional Info: www.usgcrp.gov

Date

  • Creation: 1995-03

Language

  • English

Description

  • Content Description: This brief report describes that the Earth's climate is predicted to change because human activities are altering the chemical composition of the atmosphere. The buildup of greenhouse gases-primarily carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and chlorofluorocarbons-is changing the radiation balance of the planet. The basic heat-trapping property of these greenhouse gases is essentially undisputed. However, there is considerable scientific uncertainty about exactly how and when the Earth's climate will respond to enhanced greenhouse gases. The direct effects of climate change will include changes in temperature, precipitation, soil moisture, and sea level. Such changes could have adverse effects on ecological systems, human health, and socio-economic sectors.
  • Physical Description: 10 p. : ill.

Subject

  • Keyword: climate variability and change
  • Keyword: human contributions and responses
  • Keyword: atmospheric composition

Collection

  • Name: Environmental Policy Collection
    Code: ESDC

Institution

  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT

Resource Type

  • Text

Format

  • Text

Identifier

  • URL: http://www.usgcrp.gov/usgcrp/documents/CCSOKNOW.html
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc11852

Note

  • Display Note: A later (1997) updated version of this report is available as PDF file and is available in hardcopy from the GCRIO Online Catalog.