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Corporate Author United States. Government Accountability Office, author.

Title Climate information, a national system could help federal, state, local, and private sector decision makers use climate information : report to congressional requesters.

Publication Info. [Washington, D.C.] : United States Government Accountability Office, 2015.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Federal Documents Online  GA 1.13:GAO-16-37    ---  Available
Description 1 online resource (ii, 48 pages) : color illustrations
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
Note "November 2015."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Summary Over the last decade, the federal government incurred over $300 billion in costs due to extreme weather and fire, according to the President's 2016 budget request. Costs are expected to grow as rare events become more common and intense due to climate change, according to the National Academies. State, local, and private sector decision makers also drive fiscal exposures, as they are responsible for infrastructure paid for with federal funds or eligible for disaster aid. GAO's 2015 High-Risk update prioritized improving federal efforts to provide the best available climate information and technical assistance to help decision makers use the information to build resilience in up front. This report examines (1) the extent to which federal efforts meet the climate information needs of decision makers; (2) examples of how other countries organized climate information systems; (3) whether and how federal efforts could be improved; and (4) the strengths and limitations of different options to provide climate information. GAO analyzed reports; reviewed systems in three other countries; and interviewed stakeholders with knowledge of climate information. GAO recommends that the Executive Office of the President (EOP) direct a federal entity to develop a set of authoritative climate change projections and observations and create a national climate information system with defined roles for federal agencies and nonfederal entities. Relevant EOP entities provided only technical comments, which GAO incorporated as appropriate.
Note Online resource, PDF version; title from cover (GAO web site, viewed Jan. 18, 2017).
Subject Communication in meteorology -- United States.
Climatic changes -- Forecasting.
Weather forecasting.
Risk communication -- United States.
Government information -- United States.
Climatic changes -- Forecasting. (OCoLC)fst00864244
Communication in meteorology. (OCoLC)fst00870209
Government information. (OCoLC)fst00945364
Risk communication. (OCoLC)fst01098159
Weather forecasting. (OCoLC)fst01173142
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form Online resources.
Electronic books.
Electronic government information.
Added Title National system could help federal, state, local, and private sector decision makers use climate information
Gpo Item No. 0546-D (online)
Sudoc No. GA 1.13:GAO-16-37

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