This chapter serves as a reference for the subsequent chapters of the report by discussing key recurrent concepts related to the primary goals of the assessment. It also provides a brief review of the science associated with understanding past and future climate change, and an overview of the broad implications of climate change for Canada. Readers are encouraged to consult the additional sources referred to in this chapter for more detailed explanations. Finally, the chapter includes a description of the approaches used in this assessment, noting where these differ from other recent national- and global-scale assessments.
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