Volume 6, Issue 6
December 2015

In this issue

We Want Your Input! Help Update the USGCRP Strategic Plan

The U.S. Global Change Research Program is three years into the implementation of our ten-year Strategic Plan. USGCRP has prepared a draft update to the Strategic Plan highlighting progress made and current challenges. The draft is now available for review and public comment at review.globalchange.gov. Comments are due January 30th, 2016.

Sustained Assessment Update

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a scientific assessment entitled Climate Change, Global Food Security, and the U.S. Food System, which identifies climate change impacts on global food security (the ability to obtain and use sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food) and the challenges facing farmers and consumers in adapting to changing climate conditions. The report was prepared as a contribution to the National Climate Assessment. Other reports underway that will contribute to the sustained assessment process include a Climate and Health Assessment and a special report on physical climate science to support the Fourth National Climate Assessment.

Updates from the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program

Integrating carbon cycle research into decision-making processes: New technologies, research and monitoring networks, and theoretical approaches to understanding the dynamics of multiple greenhouse gases will facilitate the use of North American carbon cycle science in decision making within and across jurisdictional and geopolitical boundaries. This and other findings from the 5th Biennial Meeting of the North American Carbon Program (NACP) Principal Investigators (PIM5) are highlighted in a recent paper published in Eos.
Carbon Cycle Workshops: Preliminary announcements for Carbon Cycle Interagency Working Group-sponsored workshops on coastal/blue carbon, carbon cycle predictions, International Year of Soils and Carbon Observing Systems are posted on http://carboncyclescience.us/news.  

Upcoming Events

USGCRP at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

USGCRP staff and affiliates will be out in full force at next week’s American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco. We hope to see you there! Here’s where you can find us:
Monday, December 14
  • Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report (2016): A Special Scientific Assessment of Current Status and Opportunities
Tuesday, December 15
  • Global Change Scenarios for the United States: Current Activities and Future Directions in Content and Methods For Research, Assessment, and Decision Support
  • Decadal USGCRP Science Assessment of the Carbon Cycle in the US and North America: The 2nd State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR-2)
  • Building Science Knowledge and Meeting Climate Change Challenges: US Global Change Research Program and the National Climate Assessment
    • Town Hall (Moscone West 2016, 18:15-19:15)
From the newsfeed

Climate Change Poses Risks for Agriculture and Global Food Security

Digital Records of U.S.- Hosted IPCC Working Groups Now Online

Marking the end of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report and associated U.S.-hosted Technical Support Unit responsibilities, a collection of IPCC records spanning the Second through Fifth Assessment Report cycles was compiled by USGCRP and launched in collaboration with the Environmental Science and Public Policy Archives at Harvard Library. The collection features process-related material, report drafts, associated review comments and responses, the final digital publications, and more -- including dedicated micro-sites promoting Working Group II deliverables.
In other IPCC news, country delegates attending the 42nd Session of the Panel (5-8 October 2015 in Dubrovnik, Croatia) named new IPCC officials to lead the Sixth Assessment Report campaign, including NOAA’s Ms. Ko Barrett as an IPCC Vice Chair.
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