[ESIP-all] Fwd: News from the US Global Change Research Program and National Climate Assessment

Curt Tilmes Curt.Tilmes at nasa.gov
Mon Jul 30 14:08:26 EDT 2012


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Subject: 	News from the US Global Change Research Program and National 
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Date: 	Mon, 30 Jul 2012 13:02:07 -0500
From: 	US Global Change Research Program <tkilo at usgcrp.gov>

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Newsletter of the U.S. Global Change Research Program and 
National Climate Assessment


/Volume 3, Issue 4 /July 2012


You can find highlights from top stories below, with a link to keep 
reading, or you can click here for the full newsletter 

Top Story


NCA Convening Lead Authors Meeting in
Washington, D.C.



The Convening Lead Authors (CLAs) for the 30 Assessment chapters met in 
Washington DC in June to discuss their chapters' key messages, talk 
about how findings will be documented, and generally compare notes. 
Breakout sessions were organized around a number of topics, including 
criteria for selecting broad themes for the 2013 report as well as ways 
of better integrating the key messages across the chapters.

Read full story in newsletter... 

News from the National Climate Assessment

The Path Forward

The NCA worked with the standing USGCRP Advisory Committee of the 
National Research Council (NRC) on Wednesday and Thursday, July 25th and 
26th. At that meeting, Kathy Jacobs and Gary Yohe provided background 
information on progress to date, followed by a discussion of a series of 
issues that the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory 
Committee (NCADAC) has been challenged by in the development of the 2013 
NCA Report. Read full story in newsletter... 

*More NCA News*


    Development of NCA Special Report Topics

  * Agency-Led Technical Input Reports Becoming Available

News from the US Global Change Research Program

*USGCRP Highlights*


A three-day meeting of the National Research Council's USGCRP Advisory 
Committee was held on July 24th-26th, focusing on three important 
topics. First, the implementation status of the Strategic Plan and 
possible metrics of success; second, the discussion of National Climate 
Assessment issues (discussed above), and third, an exploration of ways 
to better integrate social, behavioral and economic sciences into the 
activities of USGCRP. The initial session was opened by Henry Kelly, the 
new Principal Assistant Director for Energy and Environment of the 
Office of Science and Technology Policy. Henry pointed out that progress 
on implementation of the USGCRP Strategic Plan represents a major step 
forward in following the advice of the National Academies that the 
USGCRP ensure the maximum benefits to society from government-sponsored 

Read full story in newsletter... 

*More USGCRP News *

  * USGCRP, IPCC and NCA Presentations to PCAST
  * ICE-t Membership Reaches Nearly 100
  * USGCRP's Process Research Scoping Team Holds 2-Day Meeting in
    Reston, VA
  * Community Brainstorm with Carbon Program and Carbon Cycle
    Interagency Working Group

Upcoming Events

  * Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting
  * 4th North American Carbon Program All-Investigators Meeting

*About Us*

The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) 
coordinates and integrates federal research on changes in the global 
environment and their implications for society. The USGCRP began as a 
presidential initiative in 1989 and was mandated by Congress in the 
Global Change Research Act of 1990(P.L. 101-606), which called for "/a 
comprehensive and integrated United States research program which will 
assist the Nation and the world to understand, assess, predict, and 
respond to human-induced and natural processes of global change/."

The National Climate Assessment (NCA) 
is being conducted under the auspices of the Global Change Research Act 
of 1990, which requires a report to the President and the Congress that 
evaluates, integrates and interprets the findings of the USGCRP every 
four years. The NCA aims to incorporate advances in the understanding of 
climate science into larger social, ecological, and policy systems, and 
with this provide integrated analyses of impacts and vulnerability, 
helping the federal government prioritize climate science investments, 
and helping to provide the science that can be used by communities 
around our Nation try to create a more sustainable and 
environmentally-sound plan for our future.

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