Wednesday, January 23, 2013 | Syracuse, NY

UPDATE! Please visit the Agenda page to download presentations from the town hall meeting.

The Draft Third National Climate Assessment is now available for download and public comment at http://ncadac.globalchange.gov.

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. As a participant in this meeting, you will have the opportunity to:
  • Learn about the National Climate Assessment, the process leading to production of the Third National Climate Assessment Report, and the ways in which you can contribute to its review (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
  • Share knowledge and information about local and regional efforts to respond to the impacts of climate change in the Northeast US
  • 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 Northeast US are linked to the National Climate Assessment and vice versa. During the small group discussion time, you will have an opportunity share your own expertise and insights related to climate, assessments, and decision making in the context of climate change, and to suggest and plan pathways to build sustained assessment capacity in the Northeast United States.

Registration for this event is now closed.

If you have any questions about the meeting, or about the National Climate Assessment more generally, please contact Emily Therese Cloyd at ecloyd@usgcrp.gov. You can also find more information about the National Climate Assessment online at http://assessment.globalchange.gov.

Sincerely,

Emily Therese Cloyd
Public Participation and Engagement Coordinator, National Climate Assessment
US Global Change Research Program

Charles M. Spuches,
Assistant Dean, ESF Outreach
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Sherburne B. Abbot
Vice President for Sustainability Initiatives
Syracuse University

Arthur DeGaetano
Director, NOAA Northeast Regional Climate Center
Cornell University