Special Edition
May 2015

Happy Birthday,
National Climate Assessment!


Today marks one year since the release of the 2014 National Climate Assessment (NCA). Since then, people across the country have been using the report to inform their own climate analyses and actions. Building on the momentum generated by the 2014 NCA, USGCRP is charging ahead with the sustained assessment process and the next quadrennial report. Public engagement continues to be key to our ability to deliver timely scientific information that informs on-the-ground responses to climate change. Below are a number of updates on and requests for input to the sustained assessment.

Scenarios selected for the next NCA

USGCRP has selected a set of emissions scenarios and climate projections to frame the next NCA report.

New resource: Indicators

In support of the sustained assessment process, USGCRP has released a set of indicators that communicate some of the key aspects and effects of climate change.

The NCA in practice

Here are just a few recent examples of the many ways that the 2014 NCA is being used:
  • The Environmental Protection Agency today released a virtual training module, informed by the NCA, to help local governments build climate resilience.
  • A workshop in Maine tomorrow—the latest in a series that have used the NCA—will bring stakeholders together to better understand climate impacts and response options in their area.

How you can get involved
Provide input on the sustained assessment process

A Request for Information issued today seeks public input on how sustained assessment can best support the Nation's evolving needs for climate information.


Comment on the draft Climate & Health Assessment

USGCRP's draft report on the impacts of climate change on human health—a key deliverable of the sustained assessment process—is currently available for public review and comment.

Join NCAnet
Interested organizations can join NCAnet, the National Climate Assessment public engagement network.

From the White House

A blog post highlights the anniversary of the NCA's release and recent progress in building climate resilience.

"More Than Scientists"

In honor of the NCA anniversary, this playlist of videos features NCA authors sharing their personal views and feelings about climate change.
At an Earth Day event last month, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx picked up NCA materials about climate impacts on infrastructure.
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