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Project Title: Advice to the US Global Change Research Program

PIN: DELS-BASC-11-01         

Major Unit:
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Division on Earth and Life Studies

Sub Unit:
Board on Atmospheric Sciences & Climate

Purcell, Amanda

Subject/Focus Area:
Behavioral and Social Sciences; Earth Sciences; Environment and Environmental Studies

Committee to Advise the U.S. Global Change Research Program - Committee Meeting #2
January 5, 2012 - January 6, 2012
Keck Center
500 5th Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20001

If you would like to attend the sessions of this meeting that are open
to the public or need more information please contact:

Contact Name: Ricardo Payne
Phone: 202-334-3982
Fax: 202-334-3825


Main meeting objectives:
1. Discussion about the USGCRP’s implementation of the Strategic Plan.
2. Orientation and discussion about Committee tasks for the National Climate Assessment
3. Identify other issues for focused discussion with USGCRP in the coming year.

January 5, 2012
Teleconference numbers: 1- 888-640-7748 access code – 8420006#
If you are calling from abroad, please dial 720-362-6194 access code – 8420006#
(If you plan to call in, please mute your phone during other speakers’ presentations)
Logistical Support – Ricardo Payne, 202-334-3982,

[Unless otherwise indicated, sessions will be facilitated by W.Washington and K.Lee]


8:45 Breakfast and Committee Discussion / Planning


9:45 Welcome, purposes of meeting, introductions

10:00 The National Climate Assessment
• Briefing about the NCA. Historical context. Purpose, approach, status, schedule of current NCA efforts [Kathy Jacobs]
• Discussion about Committee’s Roles with respect to the NCA (e.g., carrying out an informal / formal review of the NCA document itself; organizing discussion sessions about various NCA-related issues).

12:00 Lunch (continue NCA discussions)

1:00 Updates on recent federal budget developments [Kei Koizumi, OSTP]

1:30 Updates on USGCRP-related activities. General discussion with USGCRP representatives about the Committee’s review of the Strategic Plan, and about the Implementation Plan that will follow.

2:40 break

3:00 Brainstorming about specific implementation issues to consider for discussion fora or workshops in the coming months. Goal is to try to reach consensus (among the committee and USGCRP representatives) on a few priority topics.

4:30 Briefing on the current status of the new international research program “Future Earth – Research for Global Sustainability” [inviting Tim Killeen]

5:00 Adjourn

January 6, 2012


8:30 Breakfast available in the meeting room

9:00 Roundtable discussion with representatives from other NRC Boards/Committees engaged in global change related efforts. Invited groups currently include: Water Science and Technology Board; Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment; Natural Disasters Roundtable; Committee on National Statistics


12:00 Lunch and Committee Discussion / Planning

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Meeting

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the meeting:
Warren Washington
Kai Lee
Mark Abbott
Doug Arent
Susan Avery
Robert Dickinson
Thomas Dietz
Henry Jacoby
Maria Carmen Lemos
Ian Roy Noble
Lynn Scarlett
Karen Seto
Kathleen Tierney
Charles Vorosmarty
John Wallace
Gary Yohe (participated via teleconference)

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:
The committee discussed their views of the latest developments in USGCRP and NCA planning efforts. They talked about their roadmap of tasks for the coming year, and began developing workplans for a couple of discussion fora to be organized in the coming months.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary: January 11, 2012