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—that provide expert advice on some of the most pressing challenges facing the nation and the world. 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. Today, Climate at the National Academies serves as a portal to climate-related reports, activities, and other initiatives from across the institution.
Climate Communications Initiative
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.
Check out the video below for an introduction from our CCI Advisory Committee Chair, David Titley.
Our Divisions and Program
The National Academies have programmatic divisions spanning sciences, engineering, and medicine, each of which has units and programs that carry out activities related to the climate. Follow the links below for more information on these individual units and programs.
The Gulf Research Program (GRP) was founded in 2013 as part of legal settlements with the companies involved in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. GRP funds grants, fellowships, and other activities to address challenges at the intersections of human, environmental, and offshore energy systems, in the areas of research and development, education and training, and monitoring and synthesis.