Hundreds of authors continue production of the 4th National Climate Assessment. Regional Engagement Workshops (for the regional chapters) and Public Webinars (for the national chapters) are being used to both inform the public about the NCA process, as well as to gather information on what they want to see in the NCA4 report.
For more information on the NCA4 process, visit the February news story.
In addition, the National Research Council released their formal review of the Climate Science Special Report Tuesday, March 14. This report is a product of USGCRP’s Sustained Assessment process and provides the climate science foundation for NCA4.
Open Call: IPCC Special Report Nominations
The U.S. Department of State will be seeking nominations for U.S. scientists with requisite expertise to serve as Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors, or Review Editors on the second and third assessments to be undertaken by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change during its Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) cycle:
Outlines for these Special Reports will be debated and agreed upon at the 45th Session of the Panel (Guadalajara, Mexico, March 28–31, 2017).
- Special Report on Oceans and the Cryosphere
- Special Report on Desertification, Land Degradation, Sustainable Land Management, Food Security, and Greenhouse Gas Fluxes from Terrestrial Ecosystems
Nominations will be accepted from April 7 through May 19, 2017; additional information will be posted when it becomes available. If you would like to receive an alert regarding launch of the SR2 and SR3 nominations window, you are encouraged to subscribe to the IPCC Announcements list.
Social Science Perspectives on Climate Change
USGCRP’s Social Science Coordinating Committee convened a workshop to consider the ways in which social science improves our understanding of the effects of climate change and to identify new opportunities and avenues for collaboration. Social Science Perspectives on Climate Change brought Federal scientists and program managers together with academic scientists representing anthropology, geography, sociology, and archaeology.
Over the course of the 2.5-day workshop, participants took part in plenary discussions, panels, and break-out sessions focused on three themes: identifying innovative tools, methods, and analyses to clarify the interactions of human and natural systems under climate change; characterizing differences between and within communities affecting vulnerability to climate change; and providing social science perspectives on drivers of global climate change. Workshop participants plan to develop white papers based on these themes. We look forward to future collaborations.
Webinar: NCA4 Health Chapter
March 22, 2017 | 2:30–3:30 PM ET
Northwest Regional Engagement Workshop
March 23, 2017
Joint 2017 NACP and AmeriFlux Principal Investigators Meeting
March 27–30, 2017
North Bethesda, MD
- Session: “Coordination of Carbon Cycle Research”
March 27, 2017 | 4:45 PM ET
- “Developing the Fourth National Climate Assessment: Progress and Plans”
5:25 PM ET
March 28, 2017 | 4:00–5:00 PM ET
2017 Association of State Floodplain Managers National Conference
May 2, 2017
Kansas City, MO
National Adaptation Forum
- Keynote Address | 12:00–1:30 PM CT
May 9–11, 2017
St. Paul, MN