Predictions for the Future
In order to ensure we protect natural and cultural resources in the future, we must begin planning for climate change impacts today. Some changes are already occurring. Other climate change impacts are expected in the coming decades. For example, heat waves in the United States are expected to become stronger and more frequent in the coming decades, threatening natural ecosystems and human quality of life.
The following resources may help guide management and acquisition decisions, by providing information about predictions for climate change impacts in the future:
- Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States, US Global Change Research Program
- Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
- Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change, National Academies Press