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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

Decision-Making in Adaptation and Mitigation
April 4, 2012 - April 5, 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


Developing Improved Decision Support for
Adaptation and Mitigation

Committee to Advise the USGCRP
National Academy of Sciences
Keck Building
500 Fifth St, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Meeting Goals:
• Consider useful decision-making approaches (or frameworks) for adaptation and mitigation
• Assist the National Climate Assessment in identifying the information that regional and sectoral teams might collect to facilitate decision-making in adaptation or mitigation
• Discuss a path forward for USGCRP’s Informing Decisions Program

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 – Meeting Room 101
Breakfast available starting at 8:00 a.m.

8:30 a.m. Welcome & Introductions Kai Lee, Vice-Chair,
Committee to Advise the USGCRP
8:45 a.m. Rationale and Objectives for the Meeting Kathy Jacobs, OSTP
Ann Bartuska, USDA
9:45 a.m. PlaNYC: Evaluating Adaptation and Mitigation Options Adam Freed, NYC

10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. Challenges in Informing Mitigation Decisions Henry Jacoby, MIT

11:00 a.m. Challenges in Informing Adaptation Decisions Susi Moser (by phone)

11:45 a.m. Instructions for Break-Out Sessions Claudia Mengelt, NRC staff

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. Break-Out Sessions

Questions for discussion:
1) In each set of cases, what information was used for evaluating options? Which kinds of information are generally useful across this class of cases and which are useful only in specific cases?
2) How was this information obtained and how was it used in informing decisions? What are some promising approaches in a practical context?
3) Could the information-gathering strategies used in these examples be applied in other contexts to better enable actors at various decision scales to evaluate their options and assess progress?

1:00 p.m. Break-out Session A: Coastal Adaptation (Moderator: Kai Lee)
Panelists: David Carter, DNREC, Delaware Coastal Programs
Adam Parris, RISA, NOAA
Eileen Shea, NCDC, NOAA

1:00 p.m. Break-out Session B: Sustainable Communities (Moderator: Emily Wasley)
Panelists: Laurna Kaatz, Denver Water
Steve Adams, ISC
Levan Nadibaidze, New York City

1:00 p.m. Break-out Session C: Mitigation (Moderator: Jim Buizer)
Panelists: Kevin Kennedy, WRI
Betty Cremmins, Carbon Disclosure Project
Mike Steinhoff, ICLEI
Bonny Bentzin, GreenerU

4:00 p.m. Adjourn for the Day
4:00-5:00 p.m. Moderators and rapporteurs meet to prepare report-out (Room 101)

Thursday, April 5, 2012 – Meeting Room 101
Breakfast available starting at 8:00 a.m.

8:30 a.m. Welcome & Goals for the Day Kai Lee, Vice-Chair,
Committee to Advise the USGCRP
8:45 a.m. Report-out from Break-out Sessions
• Break-out Session A: Coastal Adaptation
• Break-out Session B: Sustainable Communities
• Break-out Session C: Mitigation
9:15 a.m. Identify Useful Approaches (or Frameworks) for Decision-Making
Sample Questions for Discussion: What framework (s) might be used across a range of decisions in mitigation/adaptation? What are the initial steps to implement promising approaches?

10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Common Information Needs for Comparing Alternate Options
Sample Questions for Discussion: Are there common information needs across many types of adaptation/mitigation decisions? Are there particular types of data or information that would be useful to collect for assessing adaptation or mitigation options across a wide variety of contexts? What are they? Are there types of information that are specific to cases but are important? What might a long-term process for gathering/archiving/sharing information and data look like?
Noon Break
1:00 p.m. Path forward for the NCA and USGCRP’s Informing Decisions Program
2:30 p.m. Re-cap and Next Steps
3:00 p.m. Meeting Adjourns

Questions for Panelists:
• What were the decision-makers’ goals or objectives in this particular case (e.g., reduce vulnerability, greenhouse gas emissions, etc.)?
• What process was (or is being) used to evaluate alternative options?
• What information was (is being) used in evaluating the options?
• What other information did you wish you had when evaluating alternative options that was not available at the time?
• What methods, process, and information are being or will be used to evaluate progress or success? What could be used as a framework for this evaluation?