Climate at the National Academies


The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) are private, nongovernment, nonprofit organizations three honorific societies (NAS, NAE, and NAM) and an operating arm. Together, the National Academies marshal the energy and intellect of the nation's critical thinkers to respond to policy challenges with science, engineering, and medicine at their core.

For more than four decades, the National Academies have been helping the nation to better understand, prepare for, and respond to climate change through their consensus reports and recommendations. The National Academies first established an online portal for climate change work in 2011 as part of the America's Climate Choices suite of activities. However, the National Academies have a much longer history of providing reports on the science of Earth's climate and climate change, dating back to 1956. For a more extensive archive of our climate-related work, visit the National Academies Press topic page.

In 2018, the National Academies launched the Climate Communications Initiative (CCI) to better leverage and unlock the storehouse of climate-related work from across the institution in order to more effectively meet and anticipate the needs of decision makers at all levels of society. An external Advisory Committee, together with a large internal staff team, have developed a strategic plan for the CCI to guide the National Academies' efforts moving forward.

More About the Climate Communications Initiative

Browse the National Academies' related studies and activities and boards and programs below. 

Related Studies and Activities:
  • Advancing Science Communication Research and Practice | Standing Committee
  • Advice to the US Global Change Research Program | Standing Committee
  • Developing a Research Agenda and Research Governance Approaches for Climate Intervention Strategies that Reflect Sunlight to Cool Earth | Study Website
  • Earth Science and Applications from Space | Standing Committee
  • Environmental Health Matters Initiative | Website
  • Interventions to Increase the Resilience of Coral Reefs | Study Website
  • Roundtable on Population Health Improvement | Roundtable Website
  • Unconventional Hydrocarbon Roundtable | Site

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