SYMP 19 - The National Climate Assessment: Preliminary Findings, Building Assessment Capacity, and Implementing a Sustained Assessment Process

Thursday, August 9, 2012: 1:30 PM-5:00 PM
Portland Blrm 251, Oregon Convention Center
Organizer:
Emily Therese Cloyd
Co-organizer:
Nancy Grimm
Moderator:
Emily Therese Cloyd
The National Climate Assessment (NCA) is an important resource for understanding and communicating climate change science and impacts in the United States. The quadrennial reports of the NCA synthesize and present information about the current knowledge of climate science, observed changes, and future trends. The reports highlight key findings about climate change science and impacts within regions of the US and for several ecological and socioeconomic sectors. The NCA also aims to establish a sustained assessment process, including developing and implementing consistent approaches to tracking and evaluating climate change impacts and human responses to climate change, identifying areas for new and expanded research, and building capacity to conduct and use assessments across the US. The next NCA report, the Third National Climate Assessment, is scheduled for release in 2013, with a draft available for expert review and public comment in late 2012. This session will provide an opportunity for report authors to present initial findings relevant to members of the ecological sciences community and for attendees to discuss and comment on these findings and the assessment process as a whole. The session will begin with an overview of the NCA process, followed by reports on chapters and technical inputs of interest to the ecological sciences community. Next, reports on the long-term assessment process will cover topics such as developing of a system of indicators to track climate change and climate change impacts and implementing a sustained assessment process. The session will conclude with a moderated discussion that will allow participants to ask questions about the NCA process and products, provide feedback on the assessment process, suggest topics for inclusion in future assessment reports, and comment on progress toward building assessment capacity across the US.
Endorsement:
Biogeosciences, Policy
1:30 PM
 Overview of the National Climate Assessment process
Jerry M. Melillo, Marine Biological Laboratory
1:50 PM
 Current and future impacts of climate and global change on biodiversity and the structure and functioning of ecosystems
Nancy Grimm, National Science Foundation and US Global Change Research Program; F. Stuart Chapin, University of Alaska Fairbanks; Shawn L. Carter, US Geological Survey; Peter M. Groffman, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies; Michelle D. Staudinger, US Geological Survey and University of Missouri; Amanda Staudt, National Wildlife Federation
2:30 PM
 Effects of climatic variability and change on forest ecosystems
David L. Peterson, US Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station; James M. Vose, Southern Research Station; Toral Patel-Weynand, National Research and Development Office
2:50 PM
 Climate change impacts on agricultural systems
Charlie Walthall, USDA Agricultural Research Service; Jerry Hatfield, USDA Agricultural Research Service; Laura Lengnick, Warren Wilson College and USDA Agricultural Research Service ONP; Elizabeth Marshall, USDA Economic Research Service; Peter Backlund, NCAR; Margaret K. Walsh, US Department of Agriculture
3:10 PM
3:20 PM
 Establishing a sustained assessment process
John A. Hall, Department of Defense: SERDP/ESTCP; Maria Blair, American Cancer Society
3:40 PM
 Developing a system of National Climate Assessment indicators to track climate change impacts, vulnerabilities, and preparedness
Anthony Janetos, PNNL/UMD; Melissa A. Kenney, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Global Change Research Program; Robert Chen, Columbia University and NASA Socioeconomic Data Center; Derek Arndt, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
4:00 PM
 Climate change and the interface of human and ecological systems: Recent advances in ecosystem services and climate adaptation
Amanda Staudt, National Wildlife Federation; Peter Kareiva, The Nature Conservancy; Mary Ruckelshaus, NatureCapital Project; Bruce Stein, National Wildlife Federation
4:20 PM
 A moderated discussion on the National Climate Assessment
Emily Therese Cloyd, US Global Change Research Program
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