State of the Climate

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The State of the Climate is an annual report that is primarily led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Climatic Data Center (NOAA/NCDC), located in Asheville, North Carolina, but whose leadership and authorship spans roughly 100 institutions in about 50 countries.


The report appears as a supplement to the June issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS), a publication of the American Meteorological Society. The State of the Climate report, known until 2001 as the Climate Assessment, is an international effort.

State of the Climate in 2010[edit]

The 2010 edition (released June 28, 2011) contained submissions from 368 authors from 45 nations and covered 41 climate indicators.[1] The 2010 edition contained a highlights document that summarized the major findings of the report.[2] The State of the Climate summarizes the global and regional climate of the preceding calendar year and places it into a historical context. In addition, notable climatic anomalies and events are discussed.

Major findings in the 2010 report were:

State of the Climate in 2013[edit]

The 2013 edition has been released on July 17, 2014.[3] The American Meteorological Society published a supplemental paper online.[4] The report was compiled by 425 scientists from 57 countries.[5]

Major findings in the 2013 report include:

  • The climate is changing faster than at any other point in recorded history.[3]

State of the Climate in 2014[edit]

A report was released for the year of 2014.[6]

State of the Climate in 2015[edit]

A report was released in August 2016 for 2015.[7][8]

2015 was the hottest year to date. Greenhouse gases were highest on record. Global upper ocean heat content was highest on record. Global sea level was highest on record.[9][10][11][12][13]

State of the Climate in 2016[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ State of the Climate in 2010
  2. ^ BAMS State of the Climate - 2010
  3. ^ a b Sid Perkins. "Report: Climate changing more rapidly than at any point on record". AAAS. 
  4. ^ Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. "State of the Climate in 2013". American Meteorological Society. 
  5. ^ Laura Barron-Lopez. "NOAA: Climate change is getting worse". The Hill. 
  6. ^ Arndt, Deke (July 15, 2015). "2014 State of the Climate: Author Q&A". Retrieved August 12, 2016. 
  7. ^ Lindsey, Rebecca (August 2, 2016). "2015 State of the Climate: Highlights". Retrieved August 12, 2016. Global carbon dioxide levels hit a new high in 2015, and the observatory at Mauna Loa recorded the largest one-year jump in annual average concentrations. 
  8. ^ Milman, Oliver (August 2, 2016). "Environmental records shattered as climate change 'plays out before us'; Temperatures, sea levels and carbon dioxide all hit milestones amid extreme weather in 2015, major international ‘state of the climate’ report finds". The Guardian. Retrieved August 12, 2016. 
  9. ^ Berwyn, Bob (August 2, 2016). "Latest Climate Report: Heat, More Heat and Signs of Worse to Come; 2015 featured record warm temperatures on every inhabited continent as ice melted and the seas rose at alarming rates.". InsideClimate News. Retrieved August 12, 2016. 
  10. ^ Samenow, Jason (August 2, 2016). "The 10 most startling facts about climate in 2015 — the warmest year on record". Washington Post. Retrieved August 12, 2016. 
  11. ^ Ranosa, Ted (August 4, 2016). "Climate Scientists Say 2015 Set Record Highs For Global Heat, Sea Level". Retrieved August 12, 2016. 
  12. ^ Braun, David Maxwell (August 3, 2016). "Earth’s ‘Annual Physical’ Lists Symptoms of a Hotter World". National Geographic. Retrieved August 12, 2016. 
  13. ^ Graham, Lloyd (August 3, 2016). "2015 was warmest on record, set a new high in sea levels, says NOAA report". The Australian. Retrieved August 12, 2016. 

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