USGCRP Founders Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
On January 29th, the founders of USGCRP received a Lifetime Achievement Award at Building Climate Solutions, a conference organized by the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE).
Drs. Robert Corell, J. Michael Hall, Jack Fellows, Aristides Patrinos, and Shelby Tilford accepted the award on behalf of all those who helped to initiate USGCRP in response to the Congressional mandate of the 1990 Global Change Research Act. In a discussion of the Program moderated by Eileen Shea (NOAA), Patrinos emphasized the importance of interagency cooperation and the participation of a large and diverse scientific community, noting that USGCRP was strengthened by engaging scientists who previously had not been involved in climate issues. Looking ahead to the future of USGCRP, Corell and Hall encouraged the Program to continue building new connections and taking on new challenges.
The conference, which featured speakers from Federal agencies, academia, and the private sector, centered around climate impacts and solutions in two focal areas: 1) the built environment, and 2) agriculture and natural resources. In addition, a symposium and workshop on USGCRP’s National Climate Assessment (NCA) explored lessons learned in the process of developing the Third NCA report and addressed issues critical to building a sustained (rather the periodic) climate assessment process. Other conference sessions featuring USGCRP representatives included Climate Adaptation + Mitigation Synergies: Pursuing Implementation Pilots and Preparing Campuses and Communities for a Changing Climate.