Volume 7, Issue 4
September 2016

In this issue

Call for Authors and Technical Inputs for the Fourth National Climate Assessment Now Open

Development of the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) is underway, and nominations for regional and sectoral chapter lead authors, and contributing authors with relevant subject matter expertise, are now open. Details on chapter topics can be found at the bottom of the federal register notice. Author nominations must be submitted by September 30, 2016.

Technical inputs on sectoral, regional, and cross-cutting topics, which will serve as part of the foundation for NCA4 along with special assessments and other literature, can also be submitted at this time. All scientific and technical inputs must be submitted by January 15, 2017. To provide author teams more time to consider inputs, please submit by November 1, 2016.

We look forward to hearing from you!

USGCRP Welcomes New SGCR Leadership

After a 41-year career at the forefront of climate science, Tom Karl, Director of the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Global Change Research (SGCR), has retired from Federal service.

Karl served as Chair of the SGCR, which includes representatives of each of the 13 USGCRP member agencies and steers the activities of the USGCRP, from 2010–July 2016. During Karl’s tenure as Chair, USGCRP released the Third National Climate Assessment and its current 10-year Strategic Plan, which reflected a greater focus on decision support, sustained scientific assessment, and engagement, supported by USGCRP’s longstanding strength in fundamental global change research.

Dr. Ann Bartuska, currently the Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics at USDA, will replace Karl as Chair. Dr. Bartuska is an ecosystems ecologist and co-chairs the Ecological Systems subcommittee of the Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainability of the White House National Science and Technology Council, as well as the Sustainability Roundtable of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Virginia Burkett, Associate Director for Climate and Land Use Change at the U.S. Geological Survey, will continue in her role as co-Chair of the SGCR, which she has held since May of 2016.

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Climate Explorer: New Climate Data Tools to Inform Planning

NOAA released an updated version of the Climate Explorer, an online tool that lets users explore historical and projected climate trends in the United States down to the county level. The Climate Explorer provides downloadable maps, graphs, and data tables of temperature, precipitation, and related climate variables dating to 1950 and out to 2100. Future climate projections consider two possible scenarios over the next several decades up to 2100: one in which global emissions of heat-trapping gases are significantly reduced, and one in which emissions continue to increase.

Built to accompany the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, the Climate Explorer helps people explore if assets they value are vulnerable to various climate-related hazards. For example, users in coastal areas can visualize how sea-level rise of one to six feet might impact their development plans. Typical users include community leaders, business owners, municipal planners, and utility and resource managers who need to understand potential conditions over the next several decades. NOAA also announced additional enhancements to the Climate Resilience Toolkit.

The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit and Climate Explorer are managed by NOAA’s Climate Program Office and hosted by NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. The tool was built by NOAA, U.S. Geological Survey, Bureau of Reclamation, EPA, and NASA, with guidance by the USGCRP and President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.

Upcoming Events

Interested in nominating someone to be an author for the Fourth National Climate Assessment? Thinking about submitting a technical input? Learn more at the NCA4 Contributor Webinars! To join the webinars: log on at the times specified below. Pre-registration is not required.

Southeast and Caribbean
Thursday, September 8
10am–11am EDT

Thursday, September 8
12pm–1pm MDT
11am–12pm PDT

Hawai‘i and Pacific Islands
Thursday, September 8
10am–11am HST

Monday, September 12
10am–11am EDT
9am–10am CDT

Northern Plains
Monday, September 12
12pm–1pm CDT
11am–12pm MDT

Southern Plains
Tuesday, September 13
9am–10am CDT

General (for those unable to attend the webinar for their region)
Tuesday, September 20
4pm–5pm EDT
1pm–2pm PDT

The Inaugural Meeting of the Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment will be held from September 13–15 at the Herbert C. Hoover Building in Washington, DC. For more information, view the draft agenda and register for the event.

Please join us for USAID's Adaptation Community Meeting on Preparing the National Climate Assessment: An Opportunity to Engage from 4:00–5:30pm on Thursday, September 15. Speakers include Ben DeAngelo, USGCRP Deputy Director, and John Furlow, USAID. The event will be held at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC.

NCA staff will be hosting a working group during the Great Lakes Adaptation Forum. If you are attending the Forum, please join us on the morning of Friday, October 5, for Building an Assessment Community: Connecting Climate Change Assessments Across Scales and Sectors. For more information, contact Kristin Lewis, klewis@usgcrp.gov.

New Resources

Staff News

USGCRP welcomes two new staff members: Apurva Dave, International Coordinator and Senior Analyst, and Reid Sherman, Global Change Information System Team Lead. USGCRP is also saying goodbye to three staff members: Engagement and Outreach Lead Emily Cloyd, NCA Chief of Staff Glynis Lough, and GCIS Technical Lead Robert Wolfe.
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