Climate Change and the Minnesota State Climatology Office

Researchers investigating climate change and climate change impacts in Minnesota are invited to utilize data sets maintained by the Minnesota State Climatology Office.

Information resources:

   • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on Global Warming This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it. (
   • Fifth Assessment Report from United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
   • Climate Change: Evidence & Causes This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it. (National Academy of Sciences)
   • Online Video: Climate Change: Lines of Evidence (National Academy of Sciences)
   • Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it.
   • Statement on Climate Change (American Meteorological Society)
   • Climate Change Information (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency)
   • A Rational Discussion of Climate Change: The Science, The Evidence, The Response This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it. (U.S. House of Representatives Climate Change Subcommittee Hearing - November 2010)
   • Midwest Regional Climate Trends and Scenarios for the U.S. National Climate Assessment (NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 142-3)
   • National Climate Assessment - January 2013 Draft (U.S. Global Change Research Program)
   • America's Climate Choices (National Academy of Sciences)
   • Climate Change: Evidence, Impacts, and Choices (National Academy of Sciences)
   • Climate Change (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Observed Climate Data
   • Ten Signs of a Warming World (National Oceanic and Atmospherice Administration)
   • ClimateWatch Magazine (National Oceanic and Atmospherice Administration)
   • The Heat is On: U.S. Temperature Trends (Climate Central)
   • Observing the Climate (Minnesota State Climatology Office)
   • Access Historical Minnesota Climate Data (Minnesota State Climatology Office)
   • United States Historical Climatology Network Data Set - Version 2 (U.S. Department of Energy)

Climate Change Impacts
   • Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptation (USDA)
   • Effects of Climate Variability and Change on Forest Ecosystems: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis for the U.S. Forest Sector (USDA)
   • Climate Change and Lake Superior (Minnesota Sea Grant)
   • Lake Superior Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Report (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
   • Global Climate Change Impacts on the Midwest (U.S. Global Change Research Program)
   • Weather and Climate Extremes in a Changing Climate (U.S. Global Change Research Program)
   • Minnesota Statewide Conservation and Preservation Plan (LCCMR)
   • Climate Change Indicators in the United States (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
   • Responses to Climate Change (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
   • Climate Change and Water Resources Management: A Federal Perspective (U.S. Geological Survey)
   • Ecological Impacts of Climate Change (The National Academies)

Climate Change Adaptation
   • Adapting to Climate Change in Minnesota (Interagency Climate Adaptation Team - ICAT)
   • Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptation (USDA)
   • Special Report - Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX) (IPCC)
   • America's Climate Choices (The National Academies)
   • Climate Change and Renewable Energy: Management Foundations - A Primer for DNR Staff (Minnesota Department of Natural Resources)
   • Minnesota Climate Change Adaptation Working Group
   • Regional climate change adaptation strategies for biodiversity conservation in a midcontinental region of North America (Biological Conservation)
   • Adapting to Climate Change - A Short Course for Land Managers (U.S. Department of Agriculture - Forest Service)

Climate Modeling
   • Portal to Downscaled Climate Model Projections (National Climate Predictions & Projections (NCPP) Platform, use Internet Explorer)
   • Climate Wizard Model Projections (The Nature Conservancy)
   • Climate Wizard Model Projections (Updated November 2013) (The Nature Conservancy)
   • NEX-DCP30 Viewer Model Projections (U.S. Geological Survey)
   • The Climate Reanalyzer - Model Projections (University of Maine - Climate Change Institute)
   • Downscaled CMIP3 and CMIP5 Climate and Hydrology Projections (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)
   • Workshop on Scenarios of Future Climate (Oregon Climate Service)
   • Multi-Model Dataset Archive (U.S. Department of Energy)
   • KNMI Climate Explorer (WMO Regional Climate Centre at KNMI, Netherlands)

Climate Change Information Resources for Educators
   • NOAA Climate Services - Education (National Oceanic and Atmospherice Administration)
   • NASA Innovations in Climate Education (NICE) (NASA)
   • Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) (National Science Foundation, et al.)
   • Climate, Adaptation, Mitigation, E-Learning (CAMEL) (National Science Foundation, et al.)