The National Climate Assessment: Draft Findings for 2013 and Sustaining the Process

Monday, February 18, 2013: 9:45 AM-12:45 PM
Room 210 (Hynes Convention Center)
The National Climate Assessment (NCA) is an important resource for understanding and communicating climate change science and impacts in the United States. Quadrennial reports and other assessment resources synthesize information about the current knowledge of climate science, observed changes, and future trends and highlight key findings about climate change science and impacts within regions of the United States and for several ecological and socioeconomic sectors. The NCA is also establishing a sustained process that will develop and implement consistent approaches to tracking and evaluating climate change impacts and human responses to climate change, identify areas for new and expanded research, and build capacity to conduct and use assessments across the United States. The next NCA synthesis will be released in late 2013, with a draft available for expert review and public comment in late 2012 through early 2013. This session provides an opportunity for report authors to present draft findings and for attendees to discuss and comment on the draft report. The session will begin with an overview of key findings in the 2013 report, followed by reports on chapters and on the long-term assessment process. The second half of the session will be devoted to a moderated discussion that will allow participants to ask questions about the NCA process and products, provide comments on the draft report, and offer feedback on progress toward building assessment capacity across the United States.
Emily Therese Cloyd, U.S. Global Change Research Program
Kathy Jacobs, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the U.S. President
Kathy Jacobs, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the U.S. President
Jerry Melillo, Marine Biology Laboratory
The National Climate Assessment: Overview and Key Findings
Melissa A. Kenney, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Climate Program Office
Supporting and Informing Decisions Through Assessment
Rosina Bierbaum, University of Michigan
Adapting to Climate Change
Robert Corell, Global Environment and Technology Foundation
A Research Agenda for Climate Change Science