Indicators are measurements or records that tell us about the condition of something more complex. They can be followed over time to help us monitor and detect important changes.
Indicators of climate change help us determine how our climate is or is not changing. By examining historical records of climate, water and people indicators, we can assess how we might need to adjust our decisions, activities, and thinking to adapt to the changing climate.
Climate change indicators can be used to:
- Monitor the effects from the changing climate;
- Inform decision-makers who make policy and program decisions; and
- Assist in evaluating the success of climate change adaptation efforts.