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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
April 30, 2015 - May 1, 2015
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: Rita Gaskins
Phone: 202-334-2597


Meeting of the
NRC Committee to Advise the USGCRP

National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC
April 30, 2015 Meeting Room 120
May 1, 2015 Meeting Room 125
Logistical Support – Rita Gaskins, 202-334-2597;

To join via teleconference or WebEx please view instructions at the bottom

Thursday April 30, 2015
Meeting Room 120

8:00 a.m. Breakfast available outside the meeting room

Closed Session Committee Only Discussions

8:30 a.m. Committee Only Discussions

9:30 a.m. Break


Session I Discuss Upcoming Advisory Committee Activities
• Review plans / status of two Advisory Committee Activities
• Hear explanation of USGCRP budget process
Discussions with USGCRP

10:00 a.m. Explanation of USGCRP Budget Process Thomas Karl, USGCRP (remote)
Kei Koizumi, OSTP (tentative)

10:30 a.m. Questions from committee on ongoing Advisory Committee activities
Advisory Committee
• (30 min) Report on scope of USGCRP activities that will discuss possible broadening of participation by agencies and parts of agencies that do not currently participate actively in USGCRP
• (30 min) Workshop on risk-based assessment methods
Session II Discuss Ongoing National Academies Activities
• Brief updates on ongoing activities around the National Academies
• Background materials will be provided to USGCRP and Advisory Committee ahead of meeting
• Open discussion / questions on specific activities
11:30 a.m. Sustaining Ocean Observations for Climate Applications Susan Roberts, NRC

11:40 a.m. Decadal Survey for Earth Observations Mark Abbott, Oregon State

11:50 a.m. Resilience Roundtable Activities Arrietta Chakos, Urban Resilience Strategies

12:00 p.m. Lunch

Session III Idea for NRC Activity on Performance Metrics
• Hear from outside speakers
• Discuss possible goals for an NRC activity on performance metrics and possible mechanisms
• Goal is to try to find best way to help USGCRP measure success
1:00 p.m. Setting the Stage for USGCRP Performance Measures Chris Weaver, USGCRP
Thomas Karl, USGCRP (remote)

1:10 p.m. Overview of Performance Metrics Baruch Fischhoff, Carnegie Mellon

1:35 p.m. Lessons from the 2005 NRC report on Strategic Thinking TBD

1:50 p.m. Lessons Learned from Evaluating Assessments
Bets McNie and Maria Carmen Lemos (remote)

2:05 p.m. Panel discussion Gary Geernaert, DOE
Wayne Higgins, NOAA
Jack Kaye, NASA
Craig Robinson, NSF

2:25 p.m. Open Discussion

3:15 p.m. Break

Session IV Review of Update to USGCRP Strategic Plan
• Follow up from Fall 2014 Advisory Committee meeting
• Hear from USGCRP on Strategic Plan Update document
• Discuss role of Advisory Committee in reviewing this update document
3:45 p.m. USGCRP presentation of Strategic Plan Update document Richard Eckman, NASA
Julie Morris, USGCRP
Michael Tanner, NOAA
Glynis Lough, USGCRP
Maria Uhle, NSF

4:25 p.m. Open Discussion

5:30 p.m. Adjourn

6:00 p.m. Working Dinner – Location TBD

Friday May 1, 2015
Meeting Room 125

8:00 a.m. Breakfast available outside the meeting room


Closed Session Committee Only Discussions

8:30 a.m. Committee Only Discussions

3:00 p.m. Meeting Adjourns

WebEx Instructions for Thursday, April 30, 2015

Meeting Date: Thursday
Meeting Time: 8:00am - 5:30pm Eastern Standard Time
Meeting Number: 743 248 935
Meeting Password: usgcrp2015

To join the online meeting, go to:

General WebEx Information

You will be given the option of doing the audio through your computer (VOIP) or through the phone. We recommend connecting by phone, as it usually means better sound quality and less chance of technical problems.

You will also be given the option of providing a phone number for the system to give you an automatic callback (as opposed to you dialing into the system directly). We recommend using this automatic callback option. However, this callback option will only work if you have a ‘direct’ number (e.g., it won't work if you have an office extension #, or are at a hotel where calls are routed through an operator). In that case, you should dial in directly using the numbers given below.

WebEx will automatically setup Meeting Manager the first time you join a meeting. To save time, you can setup prior to the meeting by clicking this link:

If you experience any technical difficulties, you can contact WebEx technical support at 1-800-508-8758. Or contact Rita Gaskins at:

IF you cannot use the automatic callback option, or IF you wish to forego using the WebEx system entirely (and join the meeting by phone only), you can call in with the following numbers:
Call-in toll-free number: 1-(866) 668-0721
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Conference code: 910 106 3929