Volume 6, Issue 3
June 2015

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What’s on GlobalChange.gov? Climate adaptation resources

GlobalChange.gov hosts a curated collection of Federal resources intended to support the planning and implementation of measures to adapt to climate change. Federal agencies are the primary audience for these resources, but many of them may also be useful to other user groups, such as businesses, natural resource managers, health practitioners, and stakeholders at various levels of government (e.g., state, local, tribal). Resources range from policy documents and major reports to programs, networks, tools, and guides to help sectors like infrastructure, natural resources, disaster response, and others.

Upcoming US CLIVAR workshops

The U.S. Climate Variability and Predictability Program (US CLIVAR), part of USGCRP, is sponsoring two workshops this fall. The first, Observing & Modeling Climate Variability in the Intra-Americas Seas & Impacts on the Continental Americas & the Caribbean, will take place September 9–11 with remote participation. Abstracts are due July 7. The second, Translating Process Understanding to Improve Climate Models, will take place October 15–16 at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, NJ. Applications are due August 3.

Building climate resilience in Maine

On May 7, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) held a tabletop exercise in Portland, ME, with a focus on climate change impacts and responses. The exercise covered national and region-specific information from the 2014 National Climate Assessment (NCA), climate observations and projections for the state of Maine, and the five-step climate adaptation process from the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit. Federal, state, local, and private-sector stakeholders walked through the five-step process for sectors like energy, water, telecommunications, and emergency services. USGCRP National Coordination Office staff contributed expertise to support the event. More information is available on the DHS blog.


Linking the National Climate Assessment with state & local efforts

Since the release of the Third National Climate Assessment, a variety of organizations have published local, state, regional, and sectoral assessments drawing on information from the report. Others have conducted workshops and planning exercises related to adaptation, mitigation, and resilience. The results of several of these activities have been collected by NCAnet, and USGCRP has heard of even more through our recent request for information. Moving toward NCA4 and future assessments, we aim to better connect with such efforts and facilitate information and knowledge sharing among the groups conducting them. USGCRP hopes to organize a discussion with groups who have or are planning to use NCA information in assessments and planning. If you are interested in participating, please visit http://contribute.globalchange.gov to tell us more about your organization and the local, state, regional, or sectoral assessment and planning activities in which you are involved.

Recap: NCA anniversary & sustained assessment activities

On May 6, a special-edition newsletter and a White House blog post highlighted the one-year anniversary of the 2014 National Climate Assessment and the significant progress underway in sustained assessment activities. For example:
  • USGCRP solicited input via the new public contribution site, contribute.globalchange.gov, on how to make the sustained National Climate Assessment more effective
  • USGCRP has selected a set of scenarios to focus on for the next quadrennial National Climate Assessment
  • A pilot set of indicators that communicate some of the key aspects and effects of climate change is now available on GlobalChange.gov. Users can provide feedback on how to make the indicators more useful for assessment and decision making
USGCRP’s draft assessment of climate impacts on human health—another sustained assessment activity—is now closed to public comment (the draft is still available to download). Many thanks to all those who provided input to make the report more robust. The report is expected to be released in early 2016.

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Matt Stephen joined the USGCRP National Coordination Office in May as a Student Assistant supporting digital communications, including social media and web activities. Matt is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Technical Communication from the University of Central Florida.
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