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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

Advice to the US Global Change Research Program
July 24, 2012 - July 25, 2012
National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution NW
Washington D.C. 20148

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


8:15 - 9:30 a.m. CLOSED SESSION

9:45 a.m. General updates on USGCRP progress (e.g., release of the final Strategic Plan, status of implementation planning efforts).

11:00 a.m. Initial exploration of the topic of Performance Metrics for the USGCRP

12:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. Discussion Forum: Enhancing the Integration of Social, Behavioral, Economic (SBE) sciences into the USGCRP

This session will focus on some key challenges facing the USGCRP and its member Agencies, for which SBE research/data are needed to help make progress. For each challenge, we will ask federal agency representatives to offer perspectives on their most critical needs, followed by responses from a few select experts, and then open discussion among all participants. For each topic we'd explore: the stakeholders who must grapple with this challenge; the SBE information, insights, and data already available for application; and priority needs for new SBE observations and research.

Challenge 1: More effectively integrating SBE information into scenarios used by the climate research community. What are some high-priority SBE research activities to advance the development of scenarios for use in climate change adaptation / mitigation decision-making? What data and analytical approaches (including models that integrate across human and natural systems) might improve the utility of scenarios in sustained assessment processes and for planning and decision making by federal agencies, officials, and their constituencies?

Challenge 2: Establishing valuation methods for climate change impacts and
response measures. What valuation methods can federal agencies and decision makers use to more consistently assess the costs/benefits of different types of climate change impacts and adaptation and mitigation actions (or the choices not to undertake such actions)? How do we develop rigorous, efficient ways to quantify the costs of climate change impacts over various time horizons and under specific scenarios, and compare them to costs of mitigation and adaptation?

5:30 p.m. Reception/Dinner for committee and guests at the NAS Building

Wednesday, July 25

8:30 a.m. Breakfast in Meeting Room

9:00 a.m. Continue Social, Behavioral, Economic Sciences Discussion Forum

Challenge 3: Improving communication with local/regional stakeholders. What communication tools, approaches, and institutions would help the federal agencies to effectively inform decisions at local and regional levels, including communication about the large uncertainties associated with many regional-level global change impacts.

Wrap-up discussion
- Consider cross-cutting issues not fully addressed in the topics above
[e.g. SBE data and observations, research on decision-making under uncertainty]
- Recap of ideas for practical next steps to be taken by the USGCRP: suggestions from
committee members and guests; ideas and reactions from USGCRP representatives

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. meeting adjourns

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Meeting

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the meeting:
: Warren Washington
Kai Lee
Robert Dickinson
Thomas Dietz
Henry Jacoby
Maria Carmen Lemos
Lynn Scarlett
Kathleen Tierney
Charles Vorosmarty
Gary Yohe
[ex-officio] Richard Moss
Susan Avery [phone]

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:
The committee discussed the goals and plans for the meeting, and identified questions they wanted to discuss with USGCRP officials.

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

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary: July 30, 2012