Volume 6, Issue 5
October 2015

In this issue

Sustaining the National Climate Assessment

In September, nominations closed for the Sustained National Climate Assessment Advisory Committee. We are thrilled to report that we received 190 nominations. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the agency overseeing the committee, is moving forward with the selection process.

Several agencies and interagency working groups are making progress on reports supporting the sustained assessment process. NOAA recently released two reports that provide detailed comparisons of recent models and their future projections for the United States (see story below). Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture completed a public comment period for their draft interagency assessment report entitled "Climate Change, Global Food Security, and the U.S. Food System." At the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program, preparations are underway for a 2nd State of the Carbon Cycle Report; see below for information about related sessions at December’s American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.

Upcoming Events

American Public Health Association Annual Meeting

USGCRP's Interagency Crosscutting Group on Climate Change and Human Health (CCHHG) is hosting their annual Town Hall at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting on Tuesday, November 2nd from 6:30-8:30pm in Chicago, IL. Members of the CCHHG will present information and updates on Federal activities over the past year. Most importantly, the Town Hall is intended to gather input, ideas, and suggestions from researchers, policy makers, and other stakeholders on a broad range of intersections between climate and health. APHA attendees will have the opportunity to join a panel of Federal grantees in discussing their climate and health communication needs. All APHA attendees are welcome to attend the Town Hall and engage on this crosscutting issue.

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

USGCRP will have a strong presence at this year’s American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco, CA.  Please join us at the following sessions and look for a number of other USGCRP- and NCA-focused talks and posters throughout the meeting.

Monday, December 14
  • Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report (2016): A Special Scientific Assessment of Current Status and Opportunities
Tuesday, December 15
  • Global Change Scenarios for the United States: Current Activities and Future Directions in Content and Methods For Research, Assessment, and Decision Support
  • Building Science Knowledge and Meeting Climate Change Challenges: US Global Change Research Program and the National Climate Assessment
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Remembering James Mahoney

Strengthening Sustained Assessment with Climate Simulations

NASA Awards U.S Global Change Research Program Support Services Contract


November 16 will mark the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Global Change Research Act (GCRA) the legislation that mandated the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Although the program was established by Presidential initiative in 1989, it was the 1990 GCRA that framed USGCRP as “a comprehensive and integrated United States research program which will assist the Nation and the world to understand, assess, predict, and respond to human-induced and natural processes of global change.”

Watch for more news about our anniversary over the coming year, and visit us on Facebook and Twitter on November 16 to join the celebration.
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