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National Climate Assessment

posted Jan 14, 2013, 8:14 AM by Megan Creutzburg   [ updated Jan 16, 2013, 5:53 PM by ]
The draft Climate Assessment Report is out!  It serves as a report to the President and Congress about climate change that "integrates, evaluates, and interprets the findings of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP); 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 can be found here:

The United States Global Change Research Program webpage is here:

The Pacific Northwest town hall meeting for the National Climate Assessment will be held right here in Portland on the PSU campus in March, 2013, and Drs. Scheller and Lucash will be hosting.  Some preliminary information supplied by Dr. Lucash:

This day-long town hall meeting will bring together approximately 100 climate change experts and users of climate change information, including participants from academia; local, state, tribal, and federal governments; non-profit organizations; and business and industry.Participants in this meeting will have the opportunity to:
• Learn about the National Climate Assessment and the process leading to the 2013 National Climate Assessment Report (a draft of the report will be available for public comment at the time of the meeting)
• Talk with report authors, members of the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee, and National Climate Assessment staff about how the information provided in National Climate Assessment products is and can be used in various decision making contexts.
• Learn about local and regional efforts to respond to the impacts of climate change in the PNW.
• Collaborate with other meeting participants to identify ways that you and your community can participate in the long-term National Climate Assessment process.

A primary goal for the National Climate Assessment is to establish permanent assessment capacity both inside and outside of the federal government. Building on two previous National Climate Assessment Reports (2000 and 2009), the US Global Change Research Program has established the National Climate Assessment as an ongoing process that engages people and organizations across the country in creating and maintaining the information infrastructure needed to conduct sustained assessments that improve the our country’s ability to understand, anticipate, and respond to climate change impacts and vulnerabilities.

The town hall will consist of both plenary panels and small group discussion. During the plenary session, National Climate Assessment authors and staff will provide an overview of the National Climate Assessment process, present preliminary findings from the Draft 2013 National Climate Assessment Report, and explain how members of the public may comment on the Draft Report. Additional speakers will highlight local and regional efforts to assess and respond to the challenges of climate change, and will explore the ways in which efforts in the PNW are linked to the National Climate Assessment.