Climate Change References

Meteorology professor Kevin Hamilton, head of the International Pacific Research Center at UH, pointed me in the direction of reports and resources on climate change. All sources will be described first so that we can understand any biases that may exist behind the research, the reasons for various areas of interest, and why the research was carried out in the first place.

Understanding and Responding to Climate Change,
Highlights of National Academies Reports (2008 Edition)

Institution Background, The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) was founded by Abraham Lincoln in 1863 to "investigate, examine, experiment, and report upon any subject of science or art" for the government. As scientific issues became more complex, the National Academy of Sciences added the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine. The sector of the NAS that carries out research is called the National Research Council. All of the named organizations are non-profit and operate outside of the government. The Academy is made up of over 2000 members and 380 foreign groups. It is goverened by a council of 12 people elected by the members of the Academy. All of the members are distinguished scientists and they must be nominated for membership. There is no way to apply to become a part of the NAS. Scientists generally work pro-bono through committees to produce non-partisan reports for the government.

Download the full report here (3.3MB PDF) or by clicking on the image above.