Volume 7, Issue 3
July 2016

In this issue

Now Available for Public Comment: NCA4 Draft Outline

USGCRP is seeking public comments on the proposed content and scope of the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4). NCA4 will be a product of the USGCRP, organized and led by an interagency team. A call for author nominations and technical inputs may soon be announced in one or more future Federal Register Notices. A draft of NCA4 will also be released for public comment prior to its final release.

Refer to the current Federal Register Notice for additional information, including the proposed NCA4 outline. To submit input, visit USGCRP’s Contribute page; comments will be accepted through Friday, 29 July 2016. Comments received may be summarized on a non-attribution basis and posted at a later date.

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NOAA Appoints Members to Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment

NOAA has announced the appointment of 15 members to the new Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment. The Advisory Committee will provide advice to NOAA on sustained assessment activities and products, including engagement of stakeholders. NOAA will ensure the committee’s advice is provided to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) for use by the United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP).

USGCRP is implementing a sustained National Climate Assessment process to help the Nation prepare for the effects of climate and global environmental change. The sustained process facilitates ongoing and transparent interactions among scientists and stakeholders across regions and sectors. This process enables information and insights to be shared as they emerge and supports the quadrennial National Climate Assessment required by the Global Change Research Act of 1990.

The advisory committee’s members represent diverse viewpoints, interests of geographic regions of the country, and sectors of U.S. society. Members include experts in physical and social sciences, communication, education, and other topics reflecting the full scope of issues relevant to the sustained National Climate Assessment process. Members are appointed by Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA administrator, in consultation with the OSTP Director, Dr. John Holdren.

Submit an Abstract to USGCRP Sessions at AGU

Abstracts are now being accepted for several USGCRP-relevant sessions at the upcoming American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: The abstract submission site is open until Wednesday, 3 August 23:59 EDT. The meeting will be held from December 12–16 in San Francisco.

Climate Change and Human Health

Additional resources are available following the release of The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment. Supplemental educational material can be found under Human Health Impacts on the EPA’s Climate Change Impacts page. These resources include a fact sheet, infographic, and quiz.

A Spanish language translation of the report’s executive summary is also available for download.

Staff News

USGCRP welcomes three new staff members: NCA Senior Scientist Dr. Kristin Lewis, GCIS Software Engineer Kat Tipton, and NCA Student Assistant Adam Stein. Tess Carter, who started as an NCA Student Assistant in 2013, is now the NCA Program Coordinator.
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