The first three goals focus primarily on “basic climate science” while the fourth and fifth are concerned with impacts and adaptation. As the National Research Council noted in a 2007 review of the program, the agencies within CCSP have focused much of their budget and have made the most progress on goals 1-3, while goals 4 and 5 still require much work.
Thinking through the ways the government operations and missions should be responding to the climate challenges already identified in the previous assessment, the US Impacts Report
National Science and Technology Council, through the USGCRP, is fleshing out an S&T framework for climate adaptation that both informs policy with coordinated and new knowledge (e.g., decision-support) and feeds back new understanding of the science needs from policy implementation.
The National Climate Assessment Version 3.0
Assistant Director for Climate Assessments and Adaptation
Office of Science & Technology Policy Executive Office of the President Thanks to Tom Karl, Mike MacCracken and Tony Janetos
On a periodic basis ( not less frequently than every 4 years ), the Council, through the Committee, shall prepare and submit to the President and the Congress an assessment which –
integrates, evaluates, and interprets the findings of the Program and discusses the scientific uncertainties associated with such findings;
analyzes the effects of global change on the natural environment, agriculture, energy production and use, land and water resources, transportation, human health and welfare, human social systems, and biological diversity; and
analyzes current trends in global change, both human- induced and natural , and projects major trends for the subsequent 25 to 100 years.
The Assessment should support both Adaptation and Mitigation efforts, including evaluations of the interactions between these efforts; establish a broad vision that redefines the assessment process to explicitly focus on decision support; and build sustained, collaborative relationships between federal agencies and the private and public sectors .
Maximize engagement of stakeholders and lasting partnerships outside of the federal government, including input and feedback for impacts, mitigation and adaptation analyses
Prioritize information that helps minimize risk associated with climate change impacts; seek equitable approaches to adaptation and mitigation that protect the most vulnerable regions, ecosystems, populations and systems (transportation, energy, etc)
Ensure a sustainable process that supports science, adaptation, climate services and mitigation efforts (as appropriate)
Efficiently coordinate efforts across regions and sectors at multiple scales
Ensure an adaptive approach that responds to new information over time
Include consideration of economic implications of both action and inaction in responding to climate impacts
USGCRP + Interagency Assessment Planning Committee OSTP National Climate Assessment Advisory Committee (Federal Advisory Committee) Agency Partners Team Authoring Teams Preliminary Suggestion for Assessment Structure based on Previous Assessment Experience Federal Executive Team Federal Advisory Committee Regional Chapters Sectoral Chapters Cross Cutting Issues Communication, Outreach and Events Coordination Committee Technical&Coordination Units feds + non-feds Assessment Technical Support and Coordination Unit(s) FACA Authoring Teams feds + non-feds
Climate Change Adaptation Task Force Co-chaired by CEQ-OSTP-NOAA
Managed by CEQ
Agency adaptation; international; science; insurance; water
Expanded topics: urban, health, ecosystems, etc.
Workplans for next 4 months
Working on recommendations towards a national strategy in October