Symposium 9. Climate Change, Communities, and Risk: Research from the US Global Change Research Program and National Climate Assessment

Room: Hemisphere A

Organizer: Thomas Armstrong, Director, US Global Change Research Program, White House Office of Science and Technology

Organizer/Moderator: Emily Therese Cloyd, Public Participation and Engagement Coordinator, National Climate Assessment, US Global Change Research ProgramPolicy

Discussants:

  1. Laura Petes, Ecosystem Science Advisor, NOAA Climate Program Office
  2. William Solecki, CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities, Hunter College of CUNY
  3. William Hohenstein, Director, Climate Change Program Office, US Department of Agriculture
  4. Lynne Carter, Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program, Louisiana State University
  5. Gregg Garfin, Deputy Director for Science Translation and Outreach, Institute of the Environment, University of Arizona

The US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) coordinates and integrates federal research on changes in the global environment and their implications for society. Since its inception in 1990, the USGCRP has supported research and observational activities that have led to major advances in several areas, including understanding short- and long-term changes in climate and extreme events; identifying impacts of these changes on ecosystems and society; assessing past and estimating future changes in the physical environment, and vulnerabilities and risks associated with these changes; and providing scientific information to enable effective decision making to address the threats and opportunities posed by climate and global change.

In this session, panelists will highlight two major activities of the USGCRP:

  • The recently-released National Global Change Research Plan 2012-2021, which presents an ambitious vision for continuing global change research and coordination across 13 Federal agencies. The Plan strengthens ongoing research and assessments, broadens public understanding, and informs real-world decisions, aligning USGCRP efforts under four goals (Advance Science, Inform Decisions, Conduct Sustained Assessments, and Communicate and Educate). Discussion in this section will focus primarily on activities related to research on climate extremes, thresholds, and tipping points and on how this research can best inform relevant types of decision making.
  • The National Climate Assessment, an important resource for understanding and communicating climate change science and impacts in the United States. The draft version of the 2013 National Climate Assessment will be available for public comment during the time of the meeting, and during this session panelists will discuss key findings of the report, including those from the chapters focusing on the intersection of the natural and built environment (e.g., coastal, urban, rural, and adaptation).

A moderated discussion will provide opportunities to ask questions and provide feedback about USGCRP, the National Climate Assessment, and ways in which USGCRP can better inform sustainability planning and decision making.
 

 

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