Volume 6, Issue 1
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- What’s on GlobalChange.gov? Free reports.
- Multiple agencies confirm 2014 as the hottest year on record
- SMAP satellite to measure soil moisture from space
- Upcoming events:
- Session on the National Climate Assessment at AAAS 2015
- Public comment period for the draft USGCRP Climate and Health Assessment
- Recaps of recent events:
- USGCRP Climate Projections Workshop
- ESIP 2015 Winter Meeting (session on the Global Change Information System)
- North American Carbon Program/Ameriflux PI Meeting
- AMS Annual Meeting 2015 (sessions on human health and the National Climate Assessment)
- AGU Fall Meeting 2014
- Staff news:
- New executive leadership at USGCRP
- New interns join the USGCRP National Coordination Office
- Community leadership roles for USGCRP NCO staff
- Job opportunity: Digital Communications Intern
All of the publications in our Reports Library are downloadable. But did you know that some are available in print, free of charge? Find the report you want, and if the “Add to Cart” option is available, it can be delivered to you in print. Some of the reports available in print include:
- Overview of the 2014 National Climate Assessment
- Highlights of the 2014 National Climate Assessment
- Our Changing Planet FY 2015 (USGCRP’s latest annual report)
- The National Global Change Research Plan 2012–2021 (USGCRP’s strategic plan)
Coming soon to GlobalChange.gov - The FAQs and the Climate Science Supplement of the 2014 National Climate Assessment, which are currently available as PDFs, will soon be added to the report website as searchable, linkable web pages.NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Japan Meteorological Agency. 2014 was also a record-warm year for global oceans. Including 2014, 9 of the 10 warmest years in the 135-year period of record have occurred in the 21st century.
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A session at this year’s meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will focus on the National Climate Assessment as a resource for climate literacy and decision making. This session will explore how the report is being used in various sectors to address societal issues, and it will seek input to help shape future research efforts that can both advance climate science and benefit society. In addition, the session will describe an ongoing engagement between the scientific community, climate literacy stakeholders, and decision makers to ensure that the National Climate Assessment can continue to deliver up-to-date climate information.
A 60-day public comment period is anticipated to open in late March for the draft report, Impacts of
Experts from seven Federal agencies met at the USGCRP National Coordination Office (NCO) on February 3–4 to discuss their efforts in providing downscaled projections of future climate conditions through agency web portals and to identify opportunities for collaboration and sharing lessons learned. Agency teams shared information about current products and plans for future development; they also considered how their work could support climate
- Read the full report-out from the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program
At the American Meteorological Society (AMS) 2015 Annual Meeting (January 4–8), USGCRP NCO staff co-chaired a three-part session entitled "The 2014 U.S. National Climate Assessment: Science, Policy, and the Future.” During the session, National Climate Assessment authors and assessment users discussed the major scientific highlights of the 2014 report, the process as envisioned and executed, the concept of sustained assessment, and policy implications of assessments. In the next few weeks, AMS will post recordings of several of the talks on the session webpages (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3).
Also at AMS, the Sixth Conference on Environment and Health (6Health) focused on the advances needed to develop and deliver information about water, weather, and climate as it impacts the health of people and the environment. Co-chairs and members of USGCRP’s Interagency Crosscutting Group on Climate Change and Human Health gave presentations covering a range of related issues; a full list of 6Health presentations is available from AMS.
USGCRP NCO staff convened, chaired, and participated in various sessions at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting 2014, covering topics such as the carbon cycle; climate literacy (I, II, III, Union session); the Global Change Information System and Earth science informatics (I, II); and remaining science questions from the National Climate Assessment, among others. NASA’s Curt Tilmes, a former detailee to the USGCRP NCO, received the Charles S. Falkenberg Award for his contributions to Earth science data stewardship—including his leadership in the development of the GCIS. Melissa Kenney, research faculty at University of Maryland and lead PI for the USGCRP pilot climate indicators system (in development), received a Water Resources Research Editor’s Choice Award for her cost analysis paper on optimizing land building in the Mississippi River Delta.Tom Armstrong retired from Federal service at the end of 2014 after a distinguished career with the Department of the Interior and most recently as the Executive Director of USGCRP. Tom will be missed, but he remains engaged in the climate community through consulting work. USGCRP is pleased to welcome Chris Weaver as Acting Executive Director, a role he takes on after three years of service to the Program as a detailee from the Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to that, Chris was one of the chief architects of the National Global Change Research Plan 2012–2021, developed during 2010–2011. He joined USGCRP soon after the finalization of the Plan to coordinate the Program’s Advance Science portfolio and became Deputy Executive Director in 2013. Chris’s background is in climate science, with research on topics as diverse as clouds,
- Brent Newman (University of Maryland) - Global Change Information System
- Morgan Richmond (Carleton College) - National Climate Assessment
- Sarah Zerbonne (George Washington University) -
In leadership and service news, Justin Goldstein was named Committee Chair for ESIP’s Preservation and Stewardship collaboration area, and Emily Seyller was appointed to the Climate, Energy and Environment Policy Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
Job Opportunity: USGCRP is seeking a student intern to assist with managing content and multimedia for GlobalChange.gov; analyze and report on website and social media usage statistics; draft content for the web and social media; and help manage our
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The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) coordinates and integrates Federal research on changes in the global environment and their implications for society. USGCRP began as a presidential initiative in 1989 and was mandated by Congress in the Global Change Research Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-606), which called for "a comprehensive and integrated United States research program which will assist the Nation and the world to understand, assess, predict, and respond to human-induced and natural processes of global change."
The National Climate Assessment (NCA) is conducted under the auspices of the Global Change Research Act of 1990, which requires a report to the President and Congress every four years that evaluates, integrates, and interprets USGCRP findings. The NCA aims to incorporate advances in the understanding of climate science into larger social, ecological, and policy systems, thereby providing integrated analyses of impacts and