National Climate Assessment Series

by Kristina Byrne on January 31, 2013

The US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) released the draft National Climate Assessment (NCA) for

National Climate Assessmentpublic review on January 11.  The NCA is a climate status report authorized every four years under the Global Change Research Act of 1990. The Assessment is based on the best available science and written by hundreds of leading scientists and experts from academia, government, and the private and non-profit sectors.  After review by the National Academies of Science and the public, the report will be revised and submitted to the Federal Government in early 2014.  Public comments must be submitted through the review and comment system.

SSF and Second Nature are hosting a National Climate Assessment webinar series to feature the findings of the report and discuss priorities for addressing challenges posed by extreme weather events and other social and economic disruptions resulting from a changing climate.

Session 1: Findings from the National Climate Assessment

February 20, 2013, 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EST

Panelists will include members of the National Climate Assessment Development & Advisory Committee (NCADAC), which is responsible for synthesizing and summarizing the contributions of experts to the report.  The panel will discuss the findings from the report and answer audience questions.  Read more

Session 2: Implications of the National Climate Assessment

March 14, 2013, 1:15 to 2:45 PM EDT

NCA lead authors and sustainability leaders from local government, higher education, and industry will identify and discuss priorities for addressing destabilizing threats posed by a changing climate.

Session 3: The Long-Term Vision: Developing a “Sustained Climate Assessment”

April 24, 2013, 1:15 to 2:45 EDT

Focusing on the long-term vision in Chapter 30, this webinar will look at how the assessment could be transitione

d from a periodic review of climate change to an “ongoing process of working to understand and evaluate the nation’s vulnerabilities to climate variability and change and its capacity to respond.”

Session 4: Updates to the NCA Draft Report

September 2013

After the public comments have been considered, this session will cover the revisions made and reiterate the major points of the final report.


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