Volume 6, Issue 4
August 2015

In this issue

Call for nominations: Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment

On July 31, NOAA requested nominations for the Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment. The Committee will provide advice on sustained assessment activities and products, including stakeholder engagement. Committee members will include experts in physical and social sciences, communication, education, and other topics reflecting the full scope of issues relevant to the sustained NCA process. More information about the Committee and the nomination process is available here; nominations are due by Monday, September 14.

Climate and Health Assessment

In addition to the public comment period on the draft Climate and Health Assessment, USGCRP also commissioned an independent review of the draft report by a Committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The Committee provided their review in July; it commends the USGCRP and the author team on the draft and provides a number of specific suggestions on how report authors can enhance their assessment of the science and better communicate throughout the report. The author team is now hard at work revising the report in response to public comments and the National Academies review.

Sustained National Climate Assessment

We’ve opened a new opportunity on USGCRP’s Public Contribution Site for teams working on local, state, Tribal, and regional assessments to tell us about the assessment and planning exercises they have completed or that are in the works. NCA staff will use responses to this opportunity to organize one or more discussions about lessons to share, questions, and needs related to these efforts.

Global Change Information System at Federation of Earth System Information Partners meeting

Members of the Global Change Information System (GCIS) team (Robert Wolfe, Steve Aulenbach, Brian Duggan, and Justin Goldstein) led a session at the Summer 2015 Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) meeting in July. The session included an overview of the GCIS, recent GCIS developments and applications of Semantic Web, and updates on the system’s status and progress with reports and datasets beyond the Third National Climate Assessment. A discussion with the audience provided feedback from the community about the long-term vision for the GCIS. The presentations, notes on the session, and audience discussion are available from ESIP.

News from the U.S. Carbon Program

In June, USGCRP’s U.S. Carbon Program Office Director Gyami Shrestha attended the 14th annual Global Carbon Project Scientific Steering Committee meeting to present achievements, activities and near-term deliberative plans of the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program and Carbon Cycle Interagency Working Group (CCIWG), the USGCRP, and the White House. Participants addressed topics such as the global methane budget, urban emissions, Future Earth, negative emissions, ocean carbon budgets, the Global Carbon Atlas, and the annual Global Carbon Budget. In other news, two special issues of journals highlight work by investigators associated with the U.S. Carbon Program: a special issue of Oceanography Magazine inspired by the 2013 Ocean Acidification Principal Investigators’ meeting and a special issue of Biogeosciences focused on the Regional Carbon Cycle Assessment and Processes (RECCAP) program.
Attendees at 14th Annual GCP-SSC meeting in Oslo, Norway.
Attendees at 14th Annual GCP-SSC meeting in Oslo, Norway.

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Read more about how USGCRP uses the input from public comment periods.
White House Climate Change and Public Health Summit
On June 18, the White House convened a Summit focusing on protecting public health in the face of climate change. Watch a recording of the summit and read more about it here.

Now Available
Toward Scenarios of U.S. Demographic Change: Workshop Report
This report, published by USGCRP’s Scenarios and Interpretive Science Coordinating Group, summarizes their 2014 workshop to assess key factors in the development of long-term population and demographic scenarios for use in interdisciplinary social and environmental applications, with a strong focus on climate change. The report highlights needs, resources/capabilities, and barriers/opportunities for producing national-scale, regionally differentiated, and spatially explicit long-range population and demographics scenarios for the United States.

Staff News

Mike Kuperberg and Ben DeAngelo joined the USGCRP National Coordination Office this summer. Mike is the new Executive Director of the NCO; he comes to us from the Department of Energy Office of Science and served as the DOE Principal for the USGCRP. Ben is the new Deputy Executive Director of the NCO; he comes to us from the Environmental Protection Agency Office of Air and Radiation.
USGCRP NCO is moving!
As of August 17, our new address will be: 1800 G St. NW Suite 9100, Washington, DC 20006.
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