We are certain that the Earth's climate is changing because of the trends that we see in the instrumented climate record and the changes that have been observed in physical and biological systems. The instrumental record of climate change is der
Land use change is perhaps the most observable of all environmental changes.
With increasing global surface temperatures the possibility of more droughts and increased intensity of storms will likely occur. As more water vapor is evaporated into the atmosphere it becomes fuel for more powerful storms to develop.
Land-use change is one type of human activity that is causing changes in Earth’s climate.
How does the USGS plan to use the Hurricane Sandy supplemental funding received from the Department of the Interior?
Following Hurricane Sandy, the USGS developed a science plan to support recovery, restoration and rebuilding efforts.
There are a variety of very good websites with climate change information, including the following: USGS Climate and Land Use Change
• Temperatures are rising world-wide due to greenhouse gases trapping more heat in the atmosphere. • Droughts are becoming longer and more extreme around the world.
Scientists have predicted that long-term effects of climate change will include a decrease in sea ice and an increase in permafrost thawing, increase in heat waves and heavy precipitation, and decreased water resources in semi-arid regions.
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