U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

Climate Science Special Report (CSSR)

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Cover Image

Atmospheric rivers are relatively long, narrow regions in the atmosphere – like rivers in the sky – that transport most of the water vapor outside of the tropics. When a large atmospheric river makes landfall, extreme precipitation and flooding can often result. The cover features a natural-color image of an atmospheric river over the northeastern Pacific on 20 February 2017, helping California and the American West emerge from a 5-year drought in stunning fashion. Some parts of California received nearly twice as much rain in a single deluge as normally falls in the preceding 5 months (October - February). The visualization was generated by Jesse Allen (NASA Earth Observatory) using data from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite.

Citations

Recommended Citation for the Full Report

USGCRP, 2017: Climate Science Special Report: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume I [Wuebbles, D.J., D.W. Fahey, K.A. Hibbard, D.J. Dokken, B.C. Stewart, and T.K. Maycock (eds.)]. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA, 470 pp, doi:10.7930/J0J964J6.

Recommended Citation for the Executive Summary

Wuebbles, D.J., D.W. Fahey, K.A. Hibbard, B. DeAngelo, S. Doherty, K. Hayhoe, R. Horton, J.P. Kossin, P.C. Taylor, A.M. Waple, and C.P. Weaver, 2017: Executive Summary of the Climate Science Special Report: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume I [Wuebbles, D.J., D.W. Fahey, K.A. Hibbard, D.J. Dokken, B.C. Stewart, and T.K. Maycock (eds.)]. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA, 26 pp, doi:10.7930/J0DJ5CTG.


The Climate Science Special Report: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume I is online at science2017.globalchange.gov