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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
March 2, 2016 - March 3, 2016
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: 202-334-3512


Meeting of the NAS Committee to Advise the USGCRP

National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC
March 2-3, 2016
Meeting Room 125
Logistical Support – Rita Gaskins, 202-334-2597;
To join via teleconference or WebEx please view instructions at the bottom

Wednesday March 2, 2016


8:30 AM Committee Discussions

9:15 AM Break


Session I Discussion of Recent Advisory Committee Activities
• The Advisory Committee has given a lot of input to USGCRP in the form of two reports over the past six months
• Opportunity for USGCRP to respond to that input, seek clarification, and update the Advisory Committee on their responses
• General discussion of wide range of topics covered in both reports
9:30 AM Updates from USGCRP Michael Kuperberg, USGCRP
Ben DeAngelo, USGCRP
Thomas Karl, USGCRP
• Discussion of response to Advisory Committee’s recent report on Enhancing Participation in the US Global Change Research Program
• General updates
10:00 AM Discussion of Advisory Committee’s Review of the Update to the Strategic Plan
Warren Washington, Advisory Committee
Kai Lee, Advisory Committee
Richard Moss, Advisory Committee

10:30 AM General discussion

12:30 PM Lunch

Session II Discussion of Sustained Assessment Process
• Discuss plans for upcoming workshop on Risk Framing for the National Climate Assessment
• Discuss larger role of sustained assessment in USGCRP and ongoing plans for sustained assessment process
1:45 PM Update on Risk Based Assessment Workshop Paul Stern, NAS

2:00 PM Updates from USGCRP Fabien Laurier, USGCRP
Glynis Lough, National Coordination Office

2:15 PM General Discussion

3:00 PM Break

Session III Discussion of Upcoming Activities
• Discuss upcoming Advisory Committee report on developing performance measures, including focus on key areas of USGCRP coordination (e.g., the three NCAs) as a possible frame
• Brainstorm what USGCRP could / should be highlighting as accomplishments for its 25th year anniversary
3:30 PM Plans for upcoming Advisory Committee report Warren Washington
Kai Lee
3:45 PM Thoughts on identifying the value-added of USGCRP
Michael Kuperberg, USGCRP
Ben DeAngelo, USGCRP

4:00 PM Open Discussion

5:30 PM Adjourn

Thursday March 3, 2016


Session IV Discuss Future Activities of Advisory Committee
• Sketch out possible topics to cover in upcoming meetings / activities
• Goal for each panel is to determine if/what the Advisory Committee could do for a future activity
8:30 AM Panel Discussion 1 – Observations
• Discuss how Advisory Committee could help with planning for smart investment strategies for maintaining and improving the observational base for USGCRP activities
• Tim Stryker (tentative), U.S. Group on Earth Observations Program
• Sally McFarlane, USGCRP Interagency Group on Integrated Observations
• Art Charo, NAS Decadal Survey
• Ken Frank, MSU
9:15 AM Panel Discussion 2 – Follow up from COP-21 Meeting
• Discuss how Advisory Committee could help with USGCRP planning in light of recent UNFCC Agreement in Paris
• David Reidmiller, Department of State
• Mary Ellen O’Connell, NAS Board on Environmental Change and Society
• Amanda Staudt, NAS Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate
10:00 AM Panel Discussion 3 – USGCRP International Activities
• Discuss possible Advisory Committee activities to advise USGCRP on international activities in context of Future Earth and other relevant activities
• Josh Tewksbury (via WebEx), Future Earth
• Kathie Bailey, NAS Board on International Scientific Organizations
10:45 PM Break

11:15 AM Panel Discussion 4 – Upcoming Advisory Committee: framing an approach for USGCRP performance measures (e.g., around NCAs)
• Discussion with Michael Bernstein, Arizona State University
• Michael will be doing background research for Advisory Committee’s upcoming report
• Goal is to discuss what information is most needed
11:45 AM General discussion

12:00 PM Lunch


1:00 PM Committee Discussions

3:00 PM Meeting Adjourns

WebEx Instructions for Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Meeting Time: 8:30am - 5:30pm Eastern Standard Time
Meeting Number: 747 926 926
Meeting Password: climate
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WebEx Instructions for Thursday, March 3, 2016

Meeting Time: 8:30am - 3:00pm Eastern Standard Time
Meeting Number: 741 950 895
Meeting Password: global
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