The Long-Term Vision – Developing a Sustained Climate Assessment

by Edward Saltzberg on April 29, 2013

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


Aired on April 24, 2013 1:15 to 2:45 PM EDT

In the third session of the National Climate Assessment series, co produced by Second Nature, authors from the National Climate Assessment looked at how the assessment could be transitioned 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.”

The moderator was Jim Buizer, Director of the Climate Adaptation and International Development Institute for the Environment, University of Arizona, is a National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC) member and Lead Author of Chapter 30, the Sustained Assessment.   

The panel members were

Paul Fleming, Paul Fleming, Climate Resiliency Group for the Seattle Public Utilities, is a Member of the National Climate Assessment Development Advisory Committee, Convening Lead Author of the Draft Report’s Water Resources Chapter and the Special Report on a Sustained Assessment, and a Lead Author on the Draft Report’s Adaptation Chapter.

Anne Waple: Holds appointments jointly with the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), helping to manage the Global Change Information System, and for Second Nature developing adaptation-focused activities

Dr. T. M. Bull Bennett, President and CEO, Kiksapa Consulting, LLC; is a Member of the National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee and Convening Lead Author of the Draft Report’s Chapter on Impacts of Climate Change on Tribal, Indigenous, and Native Lands and Resources

Access the full report or individual chapters here.  The USGCRP accepted public comments on the draft report up to April 12.

In February, SSF hosted the NCA Director and advisory committee members discussing the findings of the NCA, and in March, we hosted a panel of Lead Convening Authors of chapters on regional assessments, energy, and adaptation for a conversationa about the implications of the NCA.  If you missed them, the recorded sessions are available with a free membership.  In September SSF and Second Nature will host a follow up webinar about revisions to the draft report.

Download the NCA Sustained Assessment Final slide deck

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