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Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Chapters from assessment reports dealing with sea level rise Executive Summary

During the 1980s, most key assessments concerning the causes, effects, and responses to sea level rise were conducted by either the US Environmental Protection Agency or the National Research Council (also known as the National Academy). In the late 1980s, however, the United Nations created a new organization called the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, to conduct periodict assessments to inform the world community about the state of knowledge on climate change. Since that time, the U.S. government has generally adopted the IPCC's projections of emissions, climate change and sea level rise. IPCC assessments of the impacts of climate change have been less important, because impacts take place at the local level, and responses must be implemented by national, state, and local governments, (and the private sector), not the community of nations which the IPCC was designed to inform. Nevertheless, those assessments provide the most comprehensive reviews of what is known from a global perspective.

This site provide the key chapters from IPCC reports related to sea level rise

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