April 22-23, 2013 | NCA Workshop

UPDATE 9/12/2013: The report for this workshop is now complete.

UPDATE 4/25/2013: Presentations have been uploaded. Please see Agenda page for links.

This 1.5 day long workshop will bring together approximately 50 ocean and coastal climate change experts and users of climate change information, including participants from academia; local, state, tribal, and federal governments; non-profit organizations; and business. As a participant in this meeting, you will have the opportunity to:
  • Learn about the National Climate Assessment, discuss key findings in the Oceans and Marine Resources chapter and the Coastal Zone Development and Ecosystems chapter of the draft Third National Climate Assessment Report, and learn about the goals of sustaining the National Climate Assessment.
  • Share knowledge and information about local, regional, and national efforts to study and respond to the impacts of climate change in the oceans and coasts
  • Collaborate with other meeting participants to identify ways that you and your community can participate in the long-term National Climate Assessment process
  • Identify useful and practical pathways for which sustained assessments of coasts and oceans will benefit you and your community

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 U.S. 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 needed to conduct sustained assessments that improve our country's ability to understand, anticipate, and respond to climate change impacts and vulnerabilities.

The workshop will consist of both plenary sessions and small group discussions. 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 oceans and coasts chapters of the draft Third National Climate Assessment Report (available from http://ncadac.globalchange.gov/), and discuss some of the efforts already underway in the sustained assessment process. During the small group discussions, you will have an opportunity to share your own expertise and insights related to climate, assessments, and decision making in the context of climate change. You will be asked to identify your own needs and opportunities in respect to a sustained assessment process and will participate in planning pathways forward to build a sustained assessment capacity for oceans and coasts.

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


Elizabeth Fly
2013 Sea Grant Knauss Fellow
U.S. Global Change Research Program, National Climate Assessment
NOAA Climate Program Office

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