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Project Title:

Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
PIN: BLSX-K-07-03-A        

Major Unit:

Division on Earth and Life Studies

Sub Unit: Board on Life Sciences

RSO: Reid, Ann

Subject/Focus Area:

Project Scope
The Board on Life Sciences will convene a committee to prepare a short (20-page) consensus, high-level report that presents a balanced summary of key examples of observed impacts of climate change on a variety of ecosystems. The committee will base its report on the recent report "Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerabilities" by Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, as well as other NRC reports and published literature. The short consensus report will be used to derive dissemination products in the form of a public brochure and a teaching guide. The brochure will include colorful and informative figures and illustrations. The teaching guide would consist of material that could be used as a basis of a class curriculum or public education and presentations. Because the public brochure and teaching guide are intended to be distributed through National Parks, schools and other venues in the United States, the committee should select mostly ecosystems in the United States as illustrations in its report. However, the impacts of climate change also will be discussed in a global context as appropriate.

The project is sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey.

The approximate start date for the project is 11/28/2007.

A report will be issued at the end of the project in approximately 9 months.

Project Duration: 9 months    

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 Meeting 1 - 03/13/2008
 Meeting 2 - 04/28/2008
 Meeting 3 - 05/22/2008


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Ecological Impacts of Climate Change