The National Climate Assessment (NCA) is being conducted under the auspices of the Global Change Research Act of 1990. The Act requires a report to the President and the Congress every four years that must do three things: integrate, evaluate, and interpret the findings of the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP); analyze the effects of global change on a number of socioeconomic and environmental sectors; and analyze current trends in global change, both human-induced and natural, and project major trends for the subsequent 25 to 100 years. The next NCA report will be released in late 2013, with a draft available for public and expert review in late 2012 - early 2013. This presentation will provide an overview of the process leading to the 2013 National Climate Assessment report and plans for how the report authors will use the comments collected during the review period to revise the report before it is released in final form. It will discuss the draft key findings of the report, including advances in the science of climate change and overarching themes related to climate change impacts in the United States, and will set the stage for subsequent presentations which discuss the report findings in greater detail. The presentation will end with a brief discussion of plans for the assessment as a "sustained process" - what this means and why it is important.
An overview of the National Climate Assessment: Draft 2013 NCA Report and sustained assessment process
Jerry Melillo1 ,2, Terese Richmond1 ,3, Gary Yohe1 ,4, Emily Therese Cloyd5, David Gustafson1 ,2 --- 1National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Commitee, Washington, DC, USA, 2Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, USA, 3Van Ness Feldman GordonDerr, Seattle, WA, USA, 4Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, USA, 5US Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA