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Engagement and Impact through Themed Joint Sessions

We are expecting, with your participation and involvement, these themed joint sessions will serve as a catalyst for focusing the attention of the research and operational communities (and also those who are involved in accelerating the transition of research results into operations) on the exciting possibilities related to advancing predictive capabilities across many fields and applications.
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News from the National Climate Assessment, Hot Off the Press

This session features invited speakers who are major contributors to the draft of the National Climate Assessment (NCA) which will be released for public comment in the month before the AMS meeting. Speakers will provide an overview of the report’s key findings, discuss the overall vision for a new sustained approach to Assessments within the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), and give talks on contributions to the NCA from their own work.  There are three components of this presentation: in the first morning session a keynote speaker will provide an overview of the Assessment process and outline the key findings followed by three invited speakers (all authors of the NCA) and a short discussion.  In the second session there will be four invited NCA authors speaking and a 30 minute facilitated discussion. 

The last component of this program is a lunchtime brown bag Town Hall with a panel discussion to address defining “actionable” climate information around the various Assessment themes.  The panel will also address how such information can be delivered to the public to better manage risk and guide adaptation. 

The NCA is an important effort to understand and communicate the current understanding of climate change impacts, vulnerabilities and response options.  The new USGCRP approach to Assessment involves a broad engagement strategy and a very distributed Assessment process.  Communicating the findings to a broad audience and focusing on the utility of the information for decision-making are major objectives of this effort. Quadrennial reports and other assessment resources synthesize information about the current knowledge of climate science, observed changes, and future trends - highlighting key findings about climate change science and impacts within 10 regions and 13 sectors in the US. The NCA sustained process involves developing  and implementing consistent approaches to tracking and evaluating climate change impacts and human responses to climate change, developing a global change information system and a series of national indicators, identifying areas for new and expanded research, and building capacity to conduct and use assessments across the US. The final version of the NCA synthesis report will be released in late 2013.


Host Conference(s)

25th Conference on Climate Variability and Change

Contact(s): Hai Lin, hai.lin@ec.gc.ca


Partnering Conference(s)

5th Symposium on Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Interactions
Contact(s): Jiwen Fan, jiwen.fan@pnnl.gov