National Climate Assessment

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National Climate Assessment

  1. 1. The National Climate Assessment Version 3.0 <ul><li>Kathy Jacobs </li></ul><ul><li>Assistant Director for Climate Assessments and Adaptation </li></ul>Office of Science & Technology Policy Executive Office of the President Thanks to Tom Karl, Mike MacCracken and Tony Janetos
  2. 2. The National Climate Assessment <ul><li>Section 106 of GCRA: Scientific Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>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 – </li></ul><ul><li>integrates, evaluates, and interprets the findings of the Program and discusses the scientific uncertainties associated with such findings; </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>analyzes current trends in global change, both human- induced and natural , and projects major trends for the subsequent 25 to 100 years. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The First National Assessment Completed 2000
  4. 4. CCSP Goals <ul><ul><li>Improve knowledge of climate and environment. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improve quantification of forces driving changes to climate. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce uncertainty in projections of future climate change. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understand sensitivity and adaptability of natural and manmade systems. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explore uses and limits of managing risks and opportunities. </li></ul></ul>www.climatescience.gov/Library/stratplan2003/ The 2 nd National Assessment
  5. 5. Goals for the next National Climate Assessment <ul><ul><li>From GCRA language, focused on timely completion of a report to Congress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>From Academy reports, making best use of learning from prior assessments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop of sustained capacity to assess impacts, risk and vulnerability; and identify science needs for adaptation and mitigation decisions </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Mission for the Assessment <ul><li>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 . </li></ul>
  7. 7. Principles <ul><ul><li>Maximize engagement of federal agencies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maximize engagement of stakeholders and lasting partnerships outside of the federal government, including input and feedback for impacts, mitigation and adaptation analyses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>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) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ensure a sustainable process that supports science, adaptation, climate services and mitigation efforts (as appropriate) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Efficiently coordinate efforts across regions and sectors at multiple scales </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ensure an adaptive approach that responds to new information over time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Include consideration of economic implications of both action and inaction in responding to climate impacts </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. Climate Change Adaptation Task Force Co-chaired by CEQ-OSTP-NOAA <ul><li>Managed by CEQ </li></ul><ul><li>Initial Workgroups: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Agency adaptation; international; science; insurance; water </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expanded topics: urban, health, ecosystems, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Workplans for next 4 months </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Working on recommendations towards a national strategy in October </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Focused on government operations </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>National Adaptation Summit </li></ul><ul><li>May 25-27 </li></ul><ul><li>A national-level discussion of effective adaptation strategies to respond to climate change and its impacts </li></ul><ul><li>Public and private actors, focused on better communication of adaptation science and access to better information and tools </li></ul><ul><li>Tied to ongoing planning of climate research and services in the federal government </li></ul>

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