Volume 8, Issue 2
March 2017

In this issue

NCA4 Update

Hundreds of authors continue production of the 4th National Climate Assessment. Regional Engagement Workshops (for the regional chapters) and Public Webinars (for the national chapters) are being used to both inform the public about the NCA process, as well as to gather information on what they want to see in the NCA4 report.

For more information on the NCA4 process, visit the February news story.

In addition, the National Research Council released their formal review of the Climate Science Special Report Tuesday, March 14. This report is a product of USGCRP’s Sustained Assessment process and provides the climate science foundation for NCA4.

Open Call: IPCC Special Report Nominations

The U.S. Department of State will be seeking nominations for U.S. scientists with requisite expertise to serve as Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors, or Review Editors on the second and third assessments to be undertaken by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change during its Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) cycle:
  • Special Report on Oceans and the Cryosphere
  • Special Report on Desertification, Land Degradation, Sustainable Land Management, Food Security, and Greenhouse Gas Fluxes from Terrestrial Ecosystems
Outlines for these Special Reports will be debated and agreed upon at the 45th Session of the Panel (Guadalajara, Mexico, March 28–31, 2017).

Nominations will be accepted from April 7 through May 19, 2017; additional information will be posted when it becomes available. If you would like to receive an alert regarding launch of the SR2 and SR3 nominations window, you are encouraged to subscribe to the IPCC Announcements list.

Social Science Perspectives on Climate Change

USGCRP’s Social Science Coordinating Committee convened a workshop to consider the ways in which social science improves our understanding of the effects of climate change and to identify new opportunities and avenues for collaboration. Social Science Perspectives on Climate Change brought Federal scientists and program managers together with academic scientists representing anthropology, geography, sociology, and archaeology.

Over the course of the 2.5-day workshop, participants took part in plenary discussions, panels, and break-out sessions focused on three themes: identifying innovative tools, methods, and analyses to clarify the interactions of human and natural systems under climate change; characterizing differences between and within communities affecting vulnerability to climate change; and providing social science perspectives on drivers of global climate change. Workshop participants plan to develop white papers based on these themes. We look forward to future collaborations.

Upcoming Events

Webinar: NCA4 Health Chapter
March 22, 2017 | 2:30–3:30 PM ET Northwest Regional Engagement Workshop
March 23, 2017
Boise, ID

Joint 2017 NACP and AmeriFlux Principal Investigators Meeting
March 27–30, 2017
North Bethesda, MD
  • Session: “Coordination of Carbon Cycle Research”
    March 27, 2017 | 4:45 PM ET
  • “Developing the Fourth National Climate Assessment: Progress and Plans”
    5:25 PM ET
NCAnet Conversation
March 28, 2017 | 4:00–5:00 PM ET

2017 Association of State Floodplain Managers National Conference
May 2, 2017
Kansas City, MO
  • Keynote Address | 12:00–1:30 PM CT
National Adaptation Forum
May 9–11, 2017
St. Paul, MN

Resilience Dialogues

Starting on March 6, 2017, Resilience Dialogues began work with its two inaugural communities. Antioch, Calif., and Hallandale Beach, Fla., have started to explore local risks from climate variability and change, and worked to develop a set of key questions for building resilience. The Coordinating Team continues to plan for the remaining eight communities that will engage in the beta dialogues in 2017. Additionally, the Resilience Dialogues Leadership Team continues to discuss a long-term strategy for Facilitator and SME recruitment, a strategy for engaging networks, and an overall business and scaling model for this effort.

The Resilience Dialogues is a public-private collaboration that works to build climate-resilient communities through facilitated online dialogues among scientists, practitioners, and community leaders.

2017 Joint North American Carbon Program and AmeriFlux Principal Investigators Meeting, March 27–30

This annual meeting promotes new connections and collaborations among carbon cycle researchers, practitioners, and decision makers. USGCRP-related sessions include a break-out group to provide feedback to the authors of the 2nd State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR-2), a discussion on the interagency methane research priority, and a Carbon Cycle Interagency Working Group panel providing agency updates.

The "Coordination of Carbon Cycle Research in the U.S. and North America and Related Special Assessments" session will provide an overview of the status of SOCCR-2 as well as an update on the progress of the Fourth National Climate Assessment. Registration and additional details are available 
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