The Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC) is a unit within the Division of Life and Earth Studies, a part of the National Research Council (NRC). But that name can be confusing, and one of several that you might hear. The NRC is the “working arm” of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), which was created by an act of Congress in 1863 to provide independent scientific advice to government.
NRC published the America’s Climate Choices report in May. The study included four panel reports (Advancing the Science of Climate Change; Limiting the Magnitude of Future Climate Change; Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change; Informing an Effective Response to Climate Change) that provide detailed analysis of future research needs, technology and policy options for limiting greenhouse emissions and for adapting to climate change impacts and strategies for improving public engagement and decision support. This final synthesis report addresses broader issues including types of actions to be included in a comprehensive, balanced national response to climate change.
An online version of these reports can be downloaded for free at http://dels.nas.edu/Report/Americas-Climate-Choices/12781