National Climate Assessment Northeast Regional Town Hall Meeting
Overview of NCA Process, 2013 Draft Report Findings,
and Opportunities for Engagement in the Sustained Assessment
Syracuse, NY | January 23, 2013

8:30    Check-in

8:45    Welcome
  • Katherina B. Searing, Associate Director for Professional Education and Non-Credit Programs, ESF Outreach
  • Cornelius B. Murphy, ESF President
8:55    Review of Purpose of Meeting and Background on the National Climate Assessment (NCA)
  • Emily Therese Cloyd, National Climate Assessment Public Participation and Engagement Coordinator
9:30    Draft findings from the Third National Climate Assessment Report
  • Moderator: Julie Maldonado, National Climate Assessment Staff
  • Northeast Region: Radley Horton, Convening Lead Author, Northeast Region
  • Human Health: Kim Knowlton, Convening Lead Author, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Two additional authors, Susan Tierney (Convening Lead Author for Energy Supply and Use) and Bob Malmshimer (Lead Author for Forestry) planned to attend but were unable to join us
  • Ellen Mecray, NOAA Eastern Regional Climate Services Director
11:30    Panel Session: Building Assessment Capacity in the Northeast United States
  • Moderator: Ellen Mecray, NOAA Eastern Region Climate Services Director
  • Art DeGaetano, NOAA Northeast Regional Climate Center
  • Radley Horton, NASA & Columbia University
  • Gay Nicholson, Sustainable Tompkins
12:30    Lunch break

  • Emily Therese Cloyd, NCA
2:00 Small Group Discussions
Participants will break into sector-focused groups for discussion. The anticipated outcome of these small group discussions is to identify what assessment users hope to get from the National Climate Assessment and what they can contribute to assessment efforts. An essential part of the session will be identifying concrete actions that are taking place or could take place at the region, sector, and/or national level – what capacities already exist, what capacities are needed, and how to develop those capacities.
  • What activities planned as a part of the sustained assessment process (e.g., indicators, scenario planning, NCAnet, etc.) do you think are of great interest? What can this community contribute to those activities?
  • What data collection, research, and/or decision making activities are you already involved in that might contribute to NCA reports and processes? What new efforts might be organized?
  • What lessons about building stakeholder networks and communicating about climate change in the Northeast and [this sector] might be transferred to the NCA?
  • What are the unique opportunities or challenges in connecting the Northeast and [this sector] to the larger NCA network? How can we capitalize on opportunities and/or overcome challenges?
  • What capabilities might the NCA be able to provide to support a regional network in the Northeast?
  • In addition to the chapter on the Northeast, what other chapters in the NCA report do you see as of great interest for the Northeast and for [this sector]?
  • What topics do you not see represented in the 2013 report that you would like to see addressed in future NCA products? How can this community contribute to developing those products?
3:30 Synthesis Speaker: Sherburne B. Abbott, Vice President for Sustainability Initiatives, Syracuse University

4:00 Adjourn