From Plains to Oceans to Islands: Regional Findings from the Third National Climate Assessment

Monday, August 11, 2014: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
313, Sacramento Convention Center
Emily Therese Cloyd, US Global Change Research Program National Coordination Office
Emily Therese Cloyd, US Global Change Research Program National Coordination Office
The United States National Climate Assessment (NCA) collects, integrates, and assesses observations and research from around the country, helping to show how the climate is changing and what it means for the communities, states, and regions in which we live. The Third NCA Report (released in spring 2014), the most comprehensive assessment of climate change science, impacts, and responses in the United States to date, analyzes the current and future impacts of climate change the United States and summarizes key risks and opportunities for each of ten regions. Changes in temperature, precipitation, weather events, and sea levels, among other effects, vary by region and interact with the socioeconomic and cultural settings of each region. This session will highlight major findings from the report about the regional effects of climate change, discuss impacts to the ecosystems of the region, and explore how changes in those ecosystems can moderate or exacerbate the impacts of climate change when coupled with other socioeconomic and demographic shifts. A related session will highlight findings from NCA chapters focusing on socioeconomic and environmental sectors. Report authors will discuss key findings from each of the ten regions: Northeast, Southeast and Caribbean, Midwest, Great Plains, Northwest, Southwest, Alaska, Hawai‘i and U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands, Coasts, and Oceans and Marine Resources. The session will also include a moderated discussion that will allow participants to ask questions about the NCA process and products and offer feedback on progress toward building assessment capacity across the US through a sustained NCA process.
 Climate change and the Northeast United States
Radley Horton, Columbia University; Gary Yohe, Wesleyan University; Robert Kates, University of Maine; Fredric Lipschultz, NASA, Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences; Matthias Ruth, University of Maryland; Edna Sussman, Fordham University School of Law; Adam Whelchel, The Nature Conservancy; David Wolfe, Cornell University
 Climate change: Southeast United States and Caribbean
Virginia Burkett, US Geological Survey; Lynne Carter, Louisiana State University; James Jones, University of Florida
 Climate change and the Midwest United States
Louis Iverson, Northern Research Station, USDA Forest Service; Sara C. Pryor, Indiana University; Donald Scavia, University of Michigan; Charles Downer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Marc Gaden, Great Lakes Fishery Commission; Rolf Nordstrom, Great Plains Institute; Jonathan Patz, University of Wisconsin; Phil Robertson, Michigan State University
 Climate change and the United States Great Plains
Dennis S. Ojima, Colorado State University
 Climate change and the Northwest United States
Jeremy S. Littell, USGS; Philip Mote, Oregon State University; Amy K. Snover, University of Washington; Susan Capalbo, Oregon State University; Sanford Eigenbrode, University of Idaho; Patty Glick, National Wildlife Federation; Richard Raymondi, Idaho Department of Water Resources; Spencer Reeder, Cascadia Consulting Group
 Out of the frying pan and into the fire: Climate change and the Southwest United States
Gregg Garfin, University of Arizona; Guido Franco, California Energy Commission; Hilda Blanco, University of Southern California; Andrew Comrie, University of Arizona; Patrick Gonzalez, National Park Service; Thomas Piechota, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Reagan Waskom, Colorado State University; Rebecca Smyth, NOAA Coastal Services Center
 Climate change and Alaska
F. Stuart Chapin III, University of Alaska Fairbanks; Sarah F. Trainor, University of Alaska Fairbanks
 Climate change and the Coastal United States
Susanne C. Moser, Susanne Moser Research & Consulting & Stanford University
 Climate change and ocean and marine resources
Andrew Rosenberg, University of New Hampshire and Conservation International
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