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Advice to the US Global Change Research Program


Project Scope:

The Committee to Advise the U.S. Global Change Research Program is being established to provide a mechanism for broad and ongoing advice from across the National Research Council to the U.S. Global Change Research Program as a whole, and to be a point of contact through which the Program can gain access to expertise throughout the National Research Council for advice on specific aspects of the program. The new committee, to be organized as a joint DELS-DBASSE activity with the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate taking the administrative lead, will carry out the tasks specified in this document and other tasks that require a program-wide perspective. More specialized tasks identified through contacts between the committee and the Program may be undertaken by the committee or by other appropriate entities within the National Research Council, possibly including subcommittees of the new committee.  This proposal creates the new committee, outlines its broad oversight functions, and specifies its first concrete report-writing task, a review of the USGCRP Strategic Plan.   

Overarching Statement of Task: Guidance to the U.S. Global Change Research Program In its role as a single entry source of contact to the National Research Council and source of strategic discussion with appropriate experts, the Committee to Advise the U.S. Global Change Research Program will:
1.      Provide integrated advice to the USGCRP on broad, program-wide issues when requested.  This will begin with a review of the 2011 USGCRP Strategic Plan (see below) and is expected to include other tasks such as a review of the national climate assessment and/or an evaluation of USGCRP progress toward its Strategic Plan objectives.
2.      Provide a forum for informal interaction between the USGCRP and the relevant scientific communities.
3.      Provide a forum for exchange of experience and insights for integrating across science communities and improving linkages between officials of the Program and the science communities.
4.      Improve the internal coordination across existing and future NRC entities related to global change (including coordination across NAS, NAE, and NAM).
5.      Help identify issues of importance for the global change research community.  This implies a proactive role that goes beyond simply responding to requests from the USGCRP.
6.      Interact with and help U.S. leadership in the international process now shaping the future of WCRP and Future Earth. (This committee will not serve as the National Committee for such efforts, but can facilitate discussions of how such responsibilities could be handled.)
7.      In addition to producing NRC reports as tasked, the committee may help develop other work requests and ensure that they are conducted by the appropriate NRC units in a collaborative fashion.  

Statement of Task for Activity 1:  Review of the draft USGCRP Strategic Plan The committee will conduct an independent review of the U.S. Global Change Research Program's draft strategic plan (concurrent with public review). The review will address the following questions about the draft plan: 

  1. Is the plan responsive to the nation's needs for information on climate change and global change, their potential implications, and the potential effects of different response options?
  2. Are the plan’s goals clear and appropriate?
  3. Is there an appropriate balance between short-term and longer-term goals, among substantive research areas, and between research and non-research activities, such as observations, modeling, and communication?
  4. Are there adequate mechanisms for coordinating and integrating issues that involve multiple disciplines and multiple agencies?
  5. Does the plan adequately describe the relationships between the Program and its agency participants, and between the Program and the public, the private sector, academia, state/local governments, and international communities?
  6. Does the written document describing the program effectively communicate with both stakeholders and the scientific community?
  7. Are there any content areas missing from the plan that should be present if the Program is to achieve its overall vision and mission?
The review also will address the following questions for each of the plan's major content areas: 
  • Does the plan accurately reflect current scientific and technical understanding?
  • Are the specific objectives clear and appropriate?
  • Are expected results and deliverables (and their timelines) realistic given probable resources?
Statement of Task for Activity 2:

Scope of the U.S. Global Change Research Program

The Committee to Advise the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) will author a short report discussing the scope of agency participation in and engagement with the USGCRP and possible augmentation needed to address stated goals of the program. In addressing its charge, the Committee will:

1.  Provide a rationale, derived from the USGCRP Strategic Plan, for evaluating current Program membership and capabilities and identifying potential new  agencies and departments (or bureaus and agencies within USGCRP members) and how the Program and the nation could benefit from that new participation;
2.   Evaluate the current set of USGCRP capabilities against this rationale to identify any gaps and areas of potential leverage, recommending adjustments if necessary; and
3.   If the current pattern of agency engagement is found to need adjustment, include examples of how the adjustments could enable the program to better meet its stated goals (e.g., where relevant data are not being used, efforts are not well-coordinated or being duplicated, research goals are not well informed by decision needs). 

Statement of Task for Activity 3: Review of the Draft Update to the USGCRP Strategic Plan

The Advisory Committee will author a short report providing a review of the mid-course update to the USGCRP strategic plan, focusing on areas where the program could build on notable successes of the last three years, areas where the program has faced unexpected problems in executing the plan, and emerging research areas that are particularly promising for the next three years.

The Advisory Committee will conduct an independent review of the U.S. Global Change Research Program's draft update to the strategic plan (USP). The Advisory Committee’s review will take place concurrent with public review. The Advisory Committee will address the following questions about the draft update: 

  1. Does the USP adequately document the status of USGCRP efforts to achieve the goals and objectives laid out in the Strategic Plan for responding to the nation's needs for information on climate change and global change, their potential implications, and the potential effects of different response options?
  2. Does the USP appropriately identify areas where USGCRP should continue to put emphasis, as well as areas that require increased attention? If the USP identifies any new areas of emphasis or areas needing increased attention for the USGCRP, are these topics and the efforts identified for approaching them appropriate for the Program?
  3. Does the written document describing the program effectively communicate with both stakeholders and the scientific research community? 

Statement of Task for Activity 4: Report on the USGCRP Science and Research Accomplishments based on the Program’s Assessments 

The Committee to Advise the U.S. Global Change Research Program will produce a short consensus report that provides a broad-brush review of the outputs of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) since its inception, focused on its assessments, which are the product of the USGCRP multi-agency confederation. The report may include discussions of how the Program has evolved and transformed over time and how information is generated and distributed, as well as identifying areas of effort and/or mechanisms that have been most successful for the Program, and challenges faced by the Program, including gaps or disconnects in the Program’s output in response to its major areas of effort. The report will be based on public documents only, and it is not intended to be an in-depth evaluation or review.

The Committee will draw upon (~30) reports produced by the Program (“Program outputs”) for this task, primarily focused on the assessments, the most prominent of which should be the three National Climate Assessments (NCA-1, -2, and -3), but also include the CCSP Synthesis and Assessment Products, and the most recent assessments on human health and food security. The strategic plans and the annual budgetary Our Changing Planet document may help serve to provide context for the assessments. The Committee will commission background research to be done by an external consultant to help inform the Committee’s writing of this short report.

On the basis of the reports described above, the Committee’s report should address:

•           In the context of the Program's mission and mandates and as reflected in the Program’s outputs, what are the most significant and consequential science and research accomplishments of USGCRP?

•           What lessons should be learned from these accomplishments with respect to future Program planning?

Status: Current

PIN: DELS-BASC-11-01

Project Duration (months): 36 month(s)

RSO: Purcell, Amanda

Topic(s):

Behavioral and Social Sciences
Earth Sciences
Environment and Environmental Studies


Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 10/06/2017

Dr. Anthony C. Janetos - (Chair)
Dr. Anthony Janetos is the director of the Joint Global Change Research Institute, a joint venture between the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Maryland. Prior to this position, he served as vice president of the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment. Dr. Janetos also directed the center's Global Change program. Before coming to The Heinz Center, he served as vice president for science and research at the World Resources Institute and senior scientist for the Land-Cover and Land-Use Change Program in NASA's Office of Earth Science. He was also program scientist for NASA's Landsat 7 mission. He has had many years of experience in managing scientific research programs on a variety of ecological and environmental topics, including air pollution effects on forests, climate change impacts, land-use change, ecosystem modeling, and the global carbon cycle. He was a co-chair of the U.S. National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change, and an author of the IPCC Special Report on Land-Use Change and Forestry, the Fourth Assessment Report of IPCC, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and the Global Biodiversity Assessment. Dr. Janetos recently served on the NRC Committee for the Decadal Survey for Earth Sciences and Applications from Space, and has been a member of several other NRC Committees, including the NRC Committee for Review of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program Strategic Plan, the Committee on Review of Scientific Research Programs at the Smithsonian Institution (2002), and the Committee on Ecological Indicators for the Nation.
Dr. Kristie Lee Ebi - (Vice Chair)
Kristie L. Ebi is a Professor in the Department of Global Health and in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington; a Guest Professor at Umea University, Sweden; and Consulting Professor at Stanford University and George Washington University. She conducts research on the impacts of and adaptation to climate change, including on extreme events, thermal stress, foodborne safety and security, waterborne diseases, and vectorborne diseases. Her work focuses on understanding sources of vulnerability and designing adaptation policies and measures to reduce the risks of climate change in a multi-stressor environment. She has worked on assessing vulnerability and implementing adaptation measures in Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the US. She is co-chair with Tom Kram (PBL, The Netherlands) of the International Committee On New Integrated Climate change assessment Scenarios (ICONICS), facilitating development of new climate change scenarios. She was Executive Director of the IPCC Working Group II Technical Support Unit from 2009 -2012. She was a coordinating lead author or lead author for the human health assessment for two US national assessments, the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development. Dr. Ebi's scientific training includes an M.S. in toxicology and a Ph.D. and a Masters of Public Health in epidemiology, and postgraduate research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She edited fours books on aspects of climate change and published more than 150 papers.
Ms. Arrietta Chakos
Ms. Arrietta Chakos is a public policy advisor on urban resilience. She works on community resilience strategies and multi-sectoral engagement. Her work with San Francisco, Palo Alto, and regional institutions, such as the Association of Bay Area Governments, focuses on disaster readiness and community resilience. She is a member of the Resilience Roundtable at the National Academy of Sciences and chairs the Housner Fellow committee at the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. Ms. Chakos served as research director of the Harvard Kennedy School's Acting in Time Advance Recovery Project. She was assistant city manager in Berkeley, California, directing innovative risk mitigation initiatives, intergovernmental coordination, and multi-institutional negotiations. Specialties: Urban resilience strategies, public policy development, climate change adaptation, disaster risk assessment and loss estimates, mitigation and risk financing, strategic fiscal planning, multi-party negotiations, and municipal government operations.
Dr. Peter Daszak
Dr. Peter Daszak is President of EcoHealth Alliance, a US-based organization that conducts research and outreach programs on global health, conservation and international development. Dr. Daszak’s research has been instrumental in identifying and predicting the impact of emerging diseases across the globe. Dr Daszak is Chair of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Forum on Microbial Threats. He is a member of the NRC Advisory Committee to the US Global Change Research Program, the Supervisory Board of the One Health Platform, the One Health Commission Council of Advisors, the CEEZAD External Advisory Board, the Cosmos Club, the Advisory Council of the Bridge Collaborative. He has served on the IOM Committee on global surveillance for emerging zoonoses, the NRC committee on the future of veterinary research, the International Standing Advisory Board of the Australian Biosecurity CRC; and has advised the Director for Medical Preparedness Policy on the White House National Security Staff on global health issues. Dr. Daszak is a regular advisor to WHO on pathogen prioritization for R&D. Dr Daszak won the 2000 CSIRO medal for collaborative research on the discovery of amphibian chytridiomycosis, is the EHA institutional lead for USAID-EPT-PREDICT, is on the Editorial Board of Conservation Biology, One Health, and Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, and is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Ecohealth. He has authored over 300 scientific papers, and his work has been the focus of extensive media coverage.
Dr. Thomas Dietz
Thomas Dietz is a Professor of Sociology and Crop and Soil Sciences and Director of the Environmental Science and Policy Program at Michigan State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California at Davis. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has been awarded the Sustainability Science Award of the Ecological Society of America, the Distinguished Contribution Award of the American Sociological Association Section on Environment, Technology and Society, and the Outstanding Publication Award, also from the American Sociological Association Section on Environment, Technology and Society. He chaired the NRC Committee on Human Dimensions of Global Change, the panel on Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making and served as Vice-Chair of the NRC Panel on Advancing the Science of Climate Change (America's Climate Choices). His current research examines the human driving forces of environmental change, environmental values and the interplay between science and democracy in environmental issues.
Dr. Philip B. Duffy
Philip B. Duffy is a physicist who has devoted his career to the use of science in addressing climate change. Prior to joining WHRC, Dr. Duffy served as a Senior Advisor in the White House National Science and Technology Council, and as a Senior Policy Analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In these roles he was involved in international climate negotiations, domestic and international climate policy, and coordination of US global change research. Before joining the White House, Dr. Duffy was Chief Scientist for Climate Central, an organization dedicated to increasing public understanding and awareness of climate change. Dr. Duffy has held senior research positions with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and visiting positions at the Carnegie Institution for Science and the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. He has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford.
Dr. Baruch Fischhoff
Baruch Fischhoff (IOM) is Howard Heinz University Professor, Department of Engineering and Public Policy and the Institute for Politics and Strategy, Carnegie Mellon University. A graduate of the Detroit Public Schools, he holds a BS (mathematics, psychology) from Wayne State University and a PhD (psychology) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a member of the National Academy of
Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine. He is past President of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making and of the Society for Risk Analysis. He has chaired the Food and Drug Administration Risk Communication Advisory Committee and been a member of the Eugene (Oregon) Commission on the Rights of Women, the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee and the
Environmental Protection Agency Scientific Advisory Board, where he chaired the Homeland Security Advisory Committee. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the Society of Experimental Psychologists, and the Society for Risk Analysis. His books include Acceptable Risk, Risk: A Very Short Introduction, Judgment and Decision Making, A Two-State Solution in the Middle East, Counting Civilian Casualties, and Communicating Risks and Benefits. He has co-chaired three National Academy Colloquia on the Science of Science Communication.
Mr. Paul Fleming
Paul Fleming directs the Climate Resiliency Group for Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), where he is responsible for leading climate research and assessment initiatives, mainstreaming adaptation and mitigation strategies and developing collaborative partnerships. Paul contributed to the 2014 U.S. National Climate Assessment, serving as a Convening Lead Author of the Water Resources chapter and the Sustained Assessment Special Report and a Lead Author of the Adaptation chapter. He is a Past Chair of the Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA) and currently chairs the Project Advisory Board for an E.U.-funded research project focused on climate change and water management. Paul has a BA in Economics from Duke University and a MBA from the University of Washington.
Ms. Sherri W. Goodman
Sherri Goodman is an executive, lawyer, former defense official and Senate Armed Services Committee staff professional. She is currently a Senior Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and at CNA. Most recently, she served as the President and CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, which manages federally funded science and technology programs and whose members are the nation’s leading ocean science research institutions. Goodman previously served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of CNA, a research organization for national security leaders and public sector organizations. She is the founder and Executive Director of the CNA Military Advisory Board, whose landmark reports include National Security and the Threat of Climate Change (2007), Powering America’s Economy: Energy Innovation at the Crossroads of National Security Challenges (2010), National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change (2014),and Advanced Energy and US National Security (2017) among others. Goodman served as the first Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Environmental Security), responsible for global environmental, energy efficiency, safety and occupational health programs and policies of the Department of Defense. She served on the staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee, where she was responsible for oversight of the Department of Energy’s nuclear weapons complex, including the national laboratories and the defense environmental management program. Goodman is a member of the Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board, for which she co-chaired a report on Arctic Security. She serves on the boards of the Atlantic Council, the Adrienne Arsht Resilience Center, the Center for Climate and Security, the Joint Ocean Leadership Initiative, the Marshall Legacy Institute, the University Cooperation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), and the US Water Partnership. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and a member of the CFR Arctic Task Force. She has served as a Trustee of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and on the Committee on Conscience of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Sherri is a graduate of Amherst College; she holds degrees from Harvard Law School and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
Dr. Nancy B. Grimm
Dr. Nancy B. Grimm studies the interaction of climate variation and change, human activities, and ecosystems. Her long-term research focuses on how disturbances (such as flooding or drying) affect the structure and processes of desert streams, how chemical elements move through and cycle within both desert streams and cities, and how storm water infrastructure affects water and material movement across an urban landscape. Grimm is the director of the Central Arizona-Phoenix LTER program -- an interdisciplinary study by ecologists, engineers, physical and social scientists. She was President and is a fellow of the Ecological Society of America (ESA), is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and lead author for the National Climate Assessment.
Dr. Henry D. Jacoby
Dr. Henry D. Jacoby is Professor of Management in the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management and former Co-Director of the M.I.T. Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, which is focused on the integration of the natural and social sciences and policy analysis in application to the threat of global climate change. He oversees the design and application of the social science component of the Joint Program's Integrated Global System Model -- a comprehensive research tool for analyzing potential anthropogenic climate change and its social and environmental consequences -- and he is a leader of M.I.T. research and analysis of national climate policies and the structure of the international climate regime. An undergraduate mechanical engineer at the University of Texas at Austin, Professor Jacoby holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University where he also served on the faculties of the Department of Economics and the Kennedy School of Government. He has been Director of the Harvard Environmental Systems Program, Director of the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, Associate Director of the MIT Energy Laboratory, and Chair of the MIT Faculty. He has made extensive contributions to the study of economics, policy and management in the areas of energy, natural resources and environment, writing widely on these topics including seven books. He currently serves on the Scientific Committee of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program.
Dr. Linda O. Mearns
Linda Mearns is the Director of the Weather and Climate Impacts Assessment Science Program (WCIASP) and Head of the Regional Integrated Sciences Collective (RISC) within the Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences (IMAGe), and Senior Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado. She has served as Director of the Institute for the Study of Society and Environment (ISSE) for three years ending in April 2008. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography/Climatology from UCLA. She has performed research and published mainly in the areas of climate change scenario formation, quantifying uncertainties, and climate change impacts on agro-ecosystems. She has particularly worked extensively with regional climate models. She has been an author in the IPCC Climate Change 1995, 2001, and 2007 Assessments regarding climate variability, impacts of climate change on agriculture, regional projections of climate change, climate scenarios, and uncertainty in future projections of climate change. For the Fifth Assessment Report she was a lead author of Chapter 21 on Regions in WG2. She leads the multi-agency supported North American Regional Climate Change Assessment Program (NARCCAP), which is providing multiple high-resolution climate change scenarios for the North American impacts community. She has been a member of the National Research Council Climate Research Committee (CRC), the NAS Panel on Adaptation of the America’s Climate Choices Program, and the NAS Human Dimensions of Global Change (HDGC) Committee. She has worked extensively with resource managers (e.g., water resource managers and ecologists) to form climate change scenarios for use in adaptation planning.
Dr. Jerry M. Melillo
Jerry M. Melillo (NAS) is a Distinguished Scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory whose work focuses on understanding the impacts of human activities on the biogeochemistry of ecological systems using a combination of field studies and simulation modeling. His field studies include soil warming experiments at the Harvard Forest in central Massachusetts. Dr. Melillo and his team have developed and used a simulation model called the Terrestrial Ecosystem Model (TEM) to consider the impacts of various aspects of global change on the structure and function of terrestrial ecosystems across the globe. TEM is part of the Integrated Global Systems Model, an integrated assessment model, based at MIT.
Dr. Richard H. Moss
Dr. Richard H. Moss is senior research scientist with the Joint Global Change Research Institute at the University of Maryland, visiting senior research scientist at the Earth Systems Science Interdisciplinary Center, and senior fellow with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). He has served as director of the Office of the US Global Change Research Program/Climate Change Science Program (2000-06), vice president and managing director for Climate Change at WWF (2007-09), and senior director of the U.N. Foundation Energy and Climate Program (2006-2007). He also directed the Technical Support Unit of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) impacts, adaptation, and mitigation working group (1993-1999) and served on the faculty of Princeton University (1989-91). He was a coordinating lead author of Confronting Climate Change and Realizing the Potential of Energy Efficiency, led preparation of the U.S. government's 10-year climate change research plan, and has been a lead author and editor of a number of IPCC Assessments, Special Reports, and Technical Papers. Moss remains active in the IPCC and currently co-chairs the IPCC Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impact and Climate Analysis. He serves on the U.S. National Academy of Sciences' standing committee on the "human dimensions" of global environmental change and the editorial board of Climatic Change. He was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2006, a Distinguished Associate of the U.S. Department of Energy in 2004, and a fellow of the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program in 2001. He received an M.P.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University (Public and International Affairs) and his B.A. from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Moss' research interests include development and use of scenarios, characterization and communication of uncertainty, and quantitative indicators of adaptive capacity and vulnerability to climate change.
Ms. Margo Oge
In her new book “Driving the Future: Combating Climate Change with Cleaner, Smarter Cars” Margo Oge chronicles the political and regulatory history that led to America’s first formal climate action using regulation to reduce emissions through innovation in car design and portrays a future where clean, intelligent vehicles with lighter frames and alternative power trains will radically reduce carbon pollution. Margo retired as director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality after thirty-two years with the EPA. While at the EPA, she was a chief architect of the most important improvements of air quality from the transportation sector ever, resulting in the prevention of 40,000 premature deaths and hundreds of thousands of cases of respiratory illness. She led the EPA’s first-ever national greenhouse gas emission standards for cars and heavy- duty trucks to double fuel efficiency by 2025 and reduce GHG emissions by 50%. She received Presidential Awards from Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and numerous environmental and industry awards. In commending her achievements, President Obama wrote, “Under your tireless leadership, we have realized significant environmental achievements in the transportation sector, from making diesel fuels cleaner to finalizing the most aggressive fuel economy standards for cars and trucks out to model year 2025.” Margo serves as a Distinguished Fellow with ClimateWorks, a non-governmental organization that works globally to strengthen philanthropy’s response to climate change. She is serves on the International Sustainability Council of the Volkswagen, and is the vice-chairman of the board of DeltaWing Technologies, which is creating a new, high-efficiency passenger car based on the DeltaWing race car. She is a member of board of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), and the Alliance of Climate Education (ACE). She serves on National Academy of Science (NAS) Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, the Department of Energy Advisory Committee on Hydrogen and Fuel cells and the NAS Advisory Committee on Climate Change Research. She is also an advisor to Square Roots a life science company. Margo has an MS in engineering from the University of Massachusetts–Lowell and attended George Washington and Harvard Universities. She resides in McLean, Virginia.
Dr. S. George H. Philander
Samuel George Harker Philander is Knox Taylor Professor of Geosciences at Princeton University. Born in Caledon, Republic of South Africa on June 25, 1942, he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Cape Town in 1962 and his Ph.D. in mathematics from Harvard University in 1970 with a thesis titled “The Equatorial Dynamics of a Homogeneous Ocean.” After completing a year as a fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology he spent six years as a research associate in the Geophysics Fluid Dynamics Program at Princeton University where in 1990 he became a professor in the Department of Geosciences. Philander has been a visiting professor at the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, a distinguished visiting scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology, a consultant to the World Meteorological Organization in Switzerland, and a trustee of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. At Princeton, Philander became chairman of his department in 1994 and presently serves as director of its Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program. He has been a fellow of the American Meteorological Society, the American Geological Union and, in 2003, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among his publications are his books El Niño, La Niña, and the Southern Oscillation (San Diego: Academic Press, 1990); Is the Temperature Rising?: The Uncertain Science of Global Warming (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1998); and Our Affair With El Niño: How We Transformed an Enchanting Peruvian Current into a Global Climate Hazard (N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2004).
Dr. Benjamin Preston
Benjamin Preston is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, and director of RAND's Infrastructure Resilience and Environmental Policy Program. Prior to joining RAND, he served as the Deputy Director of the Climate Change Science Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. While working at ORNL, he engaged in research on vulnerability and resilience of U.S. energy systems to climate variability and change as well as opportunities and constraints associated with climate risk management. In addition, he contributed to national and international scientific assessments including the National Climate Assessment and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fifth Assessment Report. Previously, he served as a research scientist in Australia with the CSIRO's Division of Marine and Atmospheric Research and as a Senior Research Fellow at the Pew Center on Global Change. He received a B.S. in biology from the College of William and Mary and a Ph.D. in environmental biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he also minored in public policy.
Dr. Paul A. Sandifer
Paul Sandifer is currently the Director of the Center for Coastal Environmental and Human Health at the College of Charleston. He is also the former Senior Science Advisor to the NOAA Administrator where he provided input regarding the overall NOAA science enterprise, the President's Ocean Policy Task Force, NOAA's coastal and marine spatial planning efforts, and development of science policy related to coastal management, aquaculture, oceans and human health, and other areas. Previously, he served as Senior Scientist for Coastal Ecology for NOAA's National Ocean Service. Dr. Sandifer serves on the US National Committee for the Census of Marine Life, the Working Group of the Ocean Policy Task Force, the National Academies’ Roundtable on Environmental Health Science, Research, and Medicine, and several advisory boards and is Co-Chair of the Interagency Working Group on Harmful Algal Blooms, Hypoxia, and Human Health. He was a member of the US Commission on Ocean Policy and served on numerous other boards and committees. He is an Honorary Life Member of the World Aquaculture Society and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Previously, Dr. Sandifer had a 31-year career with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, including service as scientist, marine division director, founder and director of the Waddell Mariculture Center, and agency director.
Dr. Henry G. Schwartz, Jr.
Henry G. Schwartz, Jr. is a nationally recognized civil and environmental engineering leader who spent most of his career with Sverdrup Civil Inc. (now Jacobs Civil Inc.). In 1993, Schwartz was named president and chairman, directing the transportation, public works, and environmental activities of this worldwide firm before retiring in 2003. Subsequently, he was a senior professor and director of the engineering management program at Washington University in St. Louis and has served on the advisory boards for Carnegie Mellon University, Washington University, and the University of Texas at Austin. For ten years, he was an independent director of Louis Berger, Inc., an international engineering company. He is President Emeritus of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Water Environment Federation, and the Academy of Science of St. Louis, and the founding chairman of the Water Environment Research Foundation. Elected to the NAE in 1997, he has served on a number of NRC study committees, including the TRB Committee for a Future Strategic Highway Research Program, and on the NRC Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment. Schwartz chaired the policy study committee that produced the report, Potential Impacts of Climate Change on U.S.Transportation and was a convening lead author on NCA 2 and 3. For many years, he was on TRB’s Executive Committee and served as vice chair of TRB’s Subcommittee for NRC Oversight. Schwartz earned a Ph.D. degree from the California Institute of Technology and Master and Bachelor of Science degrees from Washington University. He also attended Princeton University and the Executive Management Program at Columbia University. He is a registered professional engineer.
Dr. Kathleen Segerson
Dr. Kathleen Segerson is a Professor of Economics at the University of Connecticut. She was the Head of the Department of Economics from 2001-2005. Dr. Segerson specializes in natural resource economics, and in particular, the economics of environmental regulation. She is currently a member of both the Chartered Executive Board of the Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board, and the Vice Chair of the Advisory Board's Committee on Valuing the Protection of Ecological Services and Systems. She was a member of the U.S. General Accounting Office's Expert Panel on Climate Change Economics from 2007–2008 and frequently serves on external review committees for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She has also served on three National Research Council study committees: the Committee on Assessing and Valuing the Services of Aquatic and Related Terrestrial Ecosystems (2002-2004), the Committee on the Causes and Management of Coastal Eutrophication (1998-2000), and the Committee on Improving Principles and Guidelines for Waste Resources Planning by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (2008- present). In 2008, she was named a Fellow by both the American Agricultural Economics Association and the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. Dr. Segerson earned a PhD from Cornell University in 1984.
Dr. Brian L. Zuckerman
Brian L. Zuckerman is a Research Staff Member at the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI). Dr. Zuckerman's areas of emphasis at STPI are in the areas of program evaluation and scientometrics, where his work focuses on federal research and development program performance and agency-wide research portfolios. Dr. Zuckerman has also analyzed federal research and development data systems and statistical data collection programs. Before joining STPI, he was a principal at C-STPS, LLC, and at the Center for Science and Technology Policy of Abt Associates, Inc. He is a co-chair of the Research, Technology, and Development Topical Interest Group of the American Evaluation Association. Dr. Zuckerman holds a BA in chemistry from Harvard College and a PhD in Technology, Management, and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Anthony Janetos
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Richard Moss

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Discussion of planning for July 2018 meeting.

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Draft Agenda

Open Session - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Closed Session - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


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Monday, December 4, 2017

CLOSED SESSION 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

OPEN SESSION

10:30 AM Welcome and introductions

10:45 AM USGCRP Updates

11:45 AM NAS Updates
• Climate Communications Initiative
• Responding to Rising Seas Initiative
• Building Resilience in the US-Mexico Drylands

12:30 PM Lunch

1:30 PM Perspectives on the Sustained Assessment
• USGCRP Sustained Assessment Working Group
Allison Leidner, NASA & Dan Barrie, NOAA (tentative)
• Sustained National Assessment Federal Advisory Committee
Richard Moss, PNNL
• Sustained Assessment Strategy Workshop November 27-29
Kathy Jacobs, University of Arizona (remote)

2:45 PM Break

3:00 PM An Enterprise Approach to Observations of Global Change: Oceans/coastal Case Study
• Mary Glackin, The Weather Channel, an IBM Company (remote)—Co-Chair, Sustaining Ocean Observations to Understand Future Changes in Earth's Climate (2017)
• Eric Lindstrom, NASA (tentative)—Co-Chair of Inter-Agency Ocean Observing Committee (IOOC)
• Nishan Degnarain, World Economic Forum (remote)
• Keith Johnson, SPIRE
• Others, TBA

4:30 PM Directions for the next few years, looking toward new strategic plan in 2022, and FY18-19 activities for the committee (open discussion)

5:00 PM Adjourn



Tuesday, December 5, 2017


OPEN SESSION

Global Change Research to meet National Security Needs on Seasonal-to-Subseasonal Timescales


9:00 AM Welcome, introductions, goals for the session

9:15 AM Overview of Seasonal-to-Subseasonal Forecasting Capabilities - Robert Hallberg, NOAA GFDL

9:45 AM Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017 - Fred Toepfer, NOAA NWS

10:00 AM National Security Needs on S2S Timescales: What are the major S2S information needs and gaps in both natural and social science for the national security community? - Sherri Goodman, Wilson Center (Moderator)
• Rod Schoonover, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
• Capt. Steve Brock, Department of Defense (tentative)
• Col. Mike Gremillion, US Air Force (tentative)
• Others, TBA

Discussion

12:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM Promising/Developing Global Change Research on S2S Timescales to Meet National Security Needs: What are new areas of research that would be relevant to national security needs? Where are there gaps/opportunities for research in your area? In response to needs identified in morning’s discussion?
• Ben Kravitz, PNNL
• Greg Glass, University of Florida
• Susan Cutter, University of South Carolina
• Others, TBA

Discussion

3:00 PM Break

3:15 PM Synthesis/wrap-up

4:00 PM Adjourn
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Meeting of the Committee to Advise the USGCRP

April 20-21, 2017

National Academy of Sciences Building
ROOM 125
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OPEN SESSION

8:30 AM Welcome and introductions Warren Washington, Committee Chair
Kai Lee, Committee Vice Chair

8:45 AM Updates on USGCRP Strategic Planning and Coordination Ann Bartuska, SGCR Chair

Discussion

9:45 AM Updates on USGCRP Assessment Activities David Reidmiller, NCA Director
• The Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4)
• Global and Regional Sea Level Rise Scenarios for the United States
• Climate Science Special Report
• Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR-2)
• Sustained Assessment updates

Discussion

10:45 AM Break

11:00 AM Updates on Recent and On-going National Academies Activities Amanda Staudt
• Valuing Climate Damages: Updating Estimation of the Social Cost of Carbon Dioxide
• Developing a Research Agenda for Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration
• Anthropogenic Methane Emissions in the United States
• Sustaining Ocean Observations to Understand Future Changes in Earth's Climate
• Grand Challenges in Environmental Engineering
• Science Breakthroughs 2030: A Strategy for Food and Agricultural Research
• Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space
• Climate Change at the National Academies

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12:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM Resilience Enterprise: Providing useful information and engaging with users
[Overview of selected relevant activities; discussion on lessons learned and ways for USGCRP to engage/leverage assets]
• “Resilience Dialogues” and related activities
• NAS Resilient America Roundtable Lauren Alexander Augustine
• DHS First Responders Group / Flood Apex Program Dan Cotter
• Other participants TBD

Discussion

2:45 PM Break

3:00 PM Emerging Science Areas & Research Needs for the USGCRP

Discussion
4:00 PM Planning for Future Activities for the Advisory Committee

Discussion

5:00 PM Adjourn


FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017

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12:00-2:00 PM: Briefing from USGCRP on their update to the strategic plan, "The National Global Change Research Plan 2012-2021: A Triennial Update."
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- 11:30 – 12:00 General discussion (including with the NAS Advisory Committee)
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Discussion of committee's next task.
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Meeting of the NAS Committee to Advise the USGCRP

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National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC
March 2-3, 2016
Meeting Room 125
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Wednesday March 2, 2016

CLOSED SESSION – COMMITTEE ONLY DISCUSSIONS

8:30 AM Committee Discussions

9:15 AM Break

OPEN SESSION – PUBLIC WELCOME

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

OPEN SESSION – PUBLIC WELCOME

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

CLOSED SESSION – COMMITTEE ONLY DISCUSSIONS

1:00 PM Committee Discussions

3:00 PM Meeting Adjourns


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Response to review.

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Discussion with USP authors
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Committee reactions to USP

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briefing on CIH report and committee business

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USGCRP briefing on Update to the Strategic Plan
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Kai Lee
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Susan Avery
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Peter Daszak
Thomas Dietz
Kristie Ebi
Baruch Fischhoff
Nancy Grimm
Henry Jacoby
Anthony Janetos
Haroon Kheshgi
Richard H. Moss
Ian Roy Noble
Margo Oge
Kathleen Segerson
Kathleen Tierney
Charles Vorosmarty


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Discussion of report.

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August 24, 2015


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Kristie Ebi
Baruch Fischhoff
Nancy Grimm
Henry Jacoby
Anthony Janetos
Haroon Kheshgi
Richard H. Moss
Ian Roy Noble
Margo Oge
Kathleen Segerson
Kathleen Tierney
Charles Vorosmarty

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Discussion of report participation in the USGCRP program.

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August 19, 2015


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Nancy Grimm
Henry Jacoby
Anthony Janetos
Haroon Kheshgi
Richard H. Moss
Ian Roy Noble
Margo Oge
Kathleen Segerson
Kathleen Tierney
Charles Vorosmarty

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Discussion of report on participation in the USGCRP program.

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August 19, 2015


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Meeting of the
NRC Committee to Advise the USGCRP

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National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC
April 30, 2015 Meeting Room 120
May 1, 2015 Meeting Room 125
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Thursday April 30, 2015
Meeting Room 120

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

CLOSED SESSION
Closed Session Committee Only Discussions

8:30 a.m. Committee Only Discussions

9:30 a.m. Break

OPEN SESSION

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
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8:30 a.m. Committee Only Discussions

3:00 p.m. Meeting Adjourns


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Review Outline
Discuss Writing Plan

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
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Agenda
Committee to Advise the U.S. Global Change Research Program
March 26, 2015
Teleconference

Agenda

• Warren Washington and Kai Lee will give a quick overview of the planned report
• USGCRP (Chris, Tom, and Julie) - initial thoughts from USGCRP
• Questions from the Advisory Committee members
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No



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Agenda
None
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Warren Washington
Kai Lee
Doug Arent
Arrietta Chakos
Peter Daszak
Thomas Dietz
Baruch Fischhoff
Nancy B. Grimm
Henry Jacoby
Anthony C. Janetos
Haroon Kheshgi
Richard Moss
Kathleen Tierney
Charles J. Vorsmarty


Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
March 26, 2015


Location:

National Academy of Sciences Building
2100 C St. NW
Washington D.C.
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Agenda
8:00 a.m. Breakfast available outside the meeting room

CLOSED SESSION
8:30 a.m. Closed Committee Discussion

9:30 a.m. Break

OPEN SESSION

9:45 a.m. Session I - Review of Progress toward Goals from USGCRP Strategic Plan

Goal 1 – Advance Science

• Goal 1 of USGCRP Strategic Plan is to advance scientific knowledge of the integrated natural and human components of the Earth system.
• During this session, USGCRP will provide updates on progress since the Strategic Plan was adopted in 2010 on three of the five objectives within Goal 1 and discuss the state of the science funded by the federal agencies with the Advisory Committee
o Objective 1.1. Earth System Understanding: Advance fundamental understanding of the physical, chemical, biological, and human components of the Earth system, and the interactions among them, to improve knowledge of the causes and consequences of global change.
o Objective 1.2. Science for Adaptation and Mitigation: Advance understanding of the vulnerability and resilience of integrated human-natural systems and enhance the usability of scientific knowledge in supporting responses to global change.
o Objective 1.4. Integrated Modeling: Improve and develop advanced models that integrate across the physical, chemical, biological, and human components of the Earth system, including the feedbacks among them, to represent more comprehensively and predict more realistically global change processes.
9:45 a.m. Building USGCRP from/to Advancing Science Thomas Karl, USGCRP

9:55 a.m. Panel Discussion with USGCRP Principals on Progress toward Meeting Objectives 1.1, 1.2, and 1.4 from the Strategic Plan Gary Geernaert, DOE
Craig Robinson, NSF
Wayne Higgins, NOAA
Jack Kaye, NASA

10:20 a.m. Initial response from Advisory Committee [Jacoby, Oge]

10:35 a.m. Open Discussion

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. Session I (Continued) – Review of Progress toward Goals from USGCRP Strategic Plan

Goal 1 – Advance Science

• During this session, USGCRP will provide updates on progress on two of the five objectives within Goal 1 and hear informal feedback from the Advisory Committee
o Objective 1.3. Integrated Observations: Advance capabilities to observe the physical, chemical, biological, and human components of the Earth system over multiple space and time scales to gain fundamental scientific understanding and monitor important variations and trends.
o Objective 1.5. Information Management and Sharing: Advance the capability to collect, store, access, visualize, and share data and information about the integrated Earth system, the vulnerabilities of integrated human-natural systems to global change, and the responses to these vulnerabilities.

1:00 p.m. Panel Discussion with USGCRP Principals on Progress toward Meeting Objectives 1.3 and 1.5 from the Strategic Plan
• Links to President’s Climate Data Initiative and Climate Resilience Tool Kits
Jack Kaye, NASA
Michael Tanner, NOAA
Curt Tilmes, NASA
Timothy Stryker, OSTP [to be confirmed]
Chris Weaver, USGCRP

1:15 p.m. Update on the NRC Decadal Survey Mark Abbott

1:25 p.m. Initial response from Advisory Committee [Abbott, Daszak]

1:40 p.m. Open Discussion

2:30 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m. Session II – Review of Progress toward Goals from USGCRP Strategic Plan

Goal 2 – Inform Decisions

• Goal 2 of USGCRP Strategic Plan is to provide the scientific basis to inform and enable timely decisions on adaptation and mitigation
• During this session, USGCRP will provide updates on progress since 2010 on the three objectives within Goal 2 and hear informal feedback from the Advisory Committee
o Objective 2.1. Inform Adaptation Decisions: Improve the deployment and accessibility of science to inform adaptation decisions.
o Objective 2.2. Inform Mitigation Decisions: Improve the deployment and accessibility of science to inform decisions on mitigation and the mitigation-adaptation interface.
o Objective 2.3. Enhance Global Change Information: Develop the tools and scientific basis to enable an integrated system of global change information, informed by sustained, relevant, and timely data to support decision making.

3:00 p.m. Overview of Goal 2 of Strategic Plan from USGCRP Jeff Arnold

3:10 p.m. Panel Discussion with USGCRP Principals on Progress toward Meeting Objectives 2.1, 2.2, and 2.3 from the Strategic Plan Sarah Ryker, USGS
Andy Miller, EPA
Thomas Cuddy, FAA

Other participants: David Herring (NOAA) – Climate Resilience Toolkit, James Butler (NOAA) – Carbon Tracker [remote participation]


3:25 p.m. Initial response from Advisory Committee [Arent, Chakos, Moss, Noble]

3:40 p.m. Open Discussion

4:45 p.m. Synthesis / Overview Discussion Chris Weaver and Jeff Arnold
• Comments on progress toward integrating across the first two Goals of the USGCRP Strategic Plan—Advancing Science and Informing Decisions
• What future activities of the Advisory Committee can help provide constructive appraisal and recommendations regarding the Strategic Plan?
5:30 p.m. Adjourn

December 9, 2014 – NAS Room 118


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

OPEN SESSION

8:30 a.m. Session III - Review of Progress toward Goals from USGCRP Strategic Plan

Goal 3 – Conduct Sustained Assessments

• Goal 3 of USGCRP Strategic Plan is to build sustained assessment capacity that improves the Nation’s ability to understand, anticipate, and respond to global change impacts and vulnerabilities.
• During this session, USGCRP will provide updates on progress on the four objectives within Goal 3 in light of the 2014 NCA and hear informal feedback from the Advisory Committee
o Objective 3.1. Scientific Integration: Integrate emerging scientific understanding of the integrated Earth system into assessments and identify critical gaps and limitations in scientific understanding.
o Objective 3.2. Ongoing Capacity: Strengthen and evolve ongoing capacity to conduct assessments with accessible, transparent, and consistent processes and broad participation of stakeholders across regions and sectors.
o Objective 3.3. Inform Responses: Inform responses to global change with accurate, authoritative, and timely information that is accessible to multiple audiences in multiple formats.
o Objective 3.4. Evaluate Progress: Ensure ongoing evaluation of assessment processes and products, and incorporate the findings into an adaptive response for systemic improvement.

8:30 a.m. Overview of Goal 3 of Strategic Plan from USGCRP
Fabien Laurier, USGCRP

8:50 a.m. Briefing on Climate Change and Human Health Assessment Rona Birnbaum, EPA

9:00 a.m. Briefing on Climate Change and Food Security Assessment Margaret Walsh, USDA

9:10 a.m. Briefing on Adaptations in a Changing Arctic Assessment
Julie Morris, USGCRP

9:20 a.m. Initial response from Advisory Committee [Avery, Grimm, Kheshgi, Moss]

9:35 a.m. Open Discussion

10:15 a.m. Break


10:45 a.m. Session IV – Review of Progress toward Goals from USGCRP Strategic Plan

Goal 4 – Communicate and Educate

• Goal 4 of USGCRP Strategic Plan is to advance communications and education to broaden public understanding of global change and develop the scientific workforce of the future.
• During this session, USGCRP will provide updates on progress on the four objectives within Goal 4 and hear informal feedback from the Advisory Committee
o Objective 4.1. Strengthen Communication and Education Research: Strengthen the effectiveness of global change communication and education research to enhance practices.
o Objective 4.2. Reach Diverse Audiences: Enhance existing and employ emerging tools and resources to inform and educate effectively, providing for information flow in multiple directions.
o Objective 4.3. Increase Engagement: Establish effective and sustained engagement to enable a responsive and wholly integrated Program.
o Objective 4.4. Cultivate Scientific Workforce: Cultivate a capable, diverse scientific workforce that is knowledgeable about global change.
10:45 a.m. Overview of Goal 4 of Strategic Plan from USGCRP Chris Weaver, USGCRP
Frank Niepold, NOAA

11:15 a.m. Initial response from Advisory Committee [Avery, Fischhoff]

11:30 a.m. Open Discussion

12:00 p.m. Synthesis / Overview Discussion
• Comments on progress toward integrating across all Goals of the USGCRP Strategic Plan
• What future activities of the Advisory Committee can help provide constructive appraisal and recommendations regarding the Strategic Plan?
12:30 p.m. Lunch

CLOSED SESSION
1:30 p.m. Closed Committee Discussion

3:00 p.m. Meeting Adjourns
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Yes



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Agenda
CLOSED SESSION
9:00 a.m. -- 10:15 a.m.

OPEN SESSION

10:30 a.m.: Updates from USGCRP -- Tom Karl and Chris Weaver, USGCRP
• Update on the strategic plan and other developments
• Discuss how the U.S.GCRP fits with the Climate Action Plan
• Discuss ways the committee could assist (for example, advice on implementing the strategic plan; "developmental evaluation" for the mid-course review)

12:00 p.m.: Lunch

1:00 p.m.: Update on related NRC studies and planned activities
• Current and planned DELS studies -- Amanda Staudt, BASC Director
• Current and planned DBASSE studies -- Meredith Lane, BECS Director
• Decadal Survey for NASA’s Earth Science Directorate -- Mark Abbott, CESAS chair

2:30 p.m.: Break

3:00 p.m.: Research Needs for Vulnerability Assessment -- Richard Moss, JGCRI; Gary Yohe, Wesleyan University; Nathan Wood, USGS

5:30 p.m.: Adjourn


Tuesday, April 8 2014

8:30 a.m. Breakfast available outside the meeting room

OPEN SESSION

9:00 a.m.: National Climate Assessment -- Tom Karl, USGCRP
• Update on the NCA & discuss how the NRC could assist with planning for the future NCA

9:45 a.m.: Tools and Methods to Evaluate the National Climate Assessment -- Michelle Paison, ContextPartners
• How can we apply new methodological advances in evaluation to helping the NCA be a learning institution? -- Kai Lee, Moderator and Committee Co-Chair

11:30 a.m.: Related NRC activities: Risk Model -- Lauren Alexander Augustine, NRC Staff

12:00 p.m.: Lunch

CLOSED SESSION

1:00-3:00 p.m.
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Ian Roy Noble
Anthony Janetos
Gary Yohe
Susan Avery
Henry Jacoby
Warren Washington
Kai Lee
Robert Dickinson


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

The committee was updated on USGCRP developments and discussed the next phase for the NRC Committee to Advise the USGCRP.

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

none

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
July 17, 2014


Location:

virtual (webex) meeting
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Agenda
11:00 Brief Introduction
Tom Karl, USGCRP
Warren Washington, NRC Advisory Committee

11:05 Briefing on the NCADAC “Sustained Assessment Process” report
James Buizer, Arizona State University, convening lead author

11:20 Q&A and Discussion of the report

11:40 Discussion of selected topics

(1) Relationship of a sustained assessment process to the fundamental goals of the USGCRP [Kai Lee, NRC Advisory Committee vice-chair, will facilitate this discussion]

(2) What could the USGCRP do to facilitate assessment efforts at regional, state, or local levels? [Opening comment: Paul Fleming, Seattle Public Utilities and member of authoring team and of the NCADAC]

(3) How might the USGCRP interact with intermediary organizations to more continuously engage decision makers? [Opening comment: Thomas Dietz, Michigan State University and Great Lakes Integrated Sciences + Assessments ]

1:00 (or sooner) Adjourn



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Agenda
Thursday, August 29

Meeting of the Committee to Advise the USGCRP

OPEN SESSION

8:45 am Discussion USGCRP engagement with international research programs and activities.
May include discussion of programs/activities such as: Future Earth initiative, the World Climate Research Program (WCRP), International Framework for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI), Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN), Intergovernmental Panel on climate Change (IPCC).

10:45 am break

11:00am The President's Climate Action Plan (CAP). A discussion of how the CAP will affect key elements of the USGCRP work, including implementation of the 2012 Strategic Plan.

Overview of the plan and the general issues this raises for the USGCRP (opening remarks by USGCRP /OSTP leadership).

12:00pm lunch

12:45pm [CAP discussion continued] Focus on science needs related to Preparing the U.S. for the Impacts of Climate Change

2:45pm break

3:00pm [CAP discussion contineud] Focus on science needs related to:
-- Cutting Carbon Pollution in America
-- Leading International Efforts to Address Global Climate Change

4:00pm adjourn

Is it a Closed Session Event?
No



Location:

National Academy of Sciences Building
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Agenda
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


Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

: 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:

Nonr

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


Location:

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500 5th Street, NW
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Agenda
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?

Is it a Closed Session Event?
No



Location:

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NA

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

CLOSED SESSION

8:45 Breakfast and Committee Discussion / Planning


OPEN SESSION

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

OPEN SESSION

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

CLOSED SESSION

12:00 Lunch and Committee Discussion / Planning

Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

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:

Summary:
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:

None.

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


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20001

Event Type :  
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Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

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Agenda
*Please note that notice of this open data-gathering meeting was posted in advance, but the agenda was inadvertently not posted at that time. The agenda for the open sessions was as shown below and is followed by descriptions of what transpired at those sessions*

Agenda for Dec 12 discussions with the USGCRP

1:30 Welcome / Introductions [Warren]

1:40 Background context for the review [Laurie / Paul]

1:50 Key messages from the review [Warren / Kai]

2:10 Questions and discussion about the review [Committee Members on the phone are encouraged to chime in!]

2:30 Discussion of next steps for the committee (the January meeting, our next formal task, etc.)

3:00 Adjourn
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No



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Agenda
This meeting was closed in its entirety.
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Warren Washington
Kai Lee
Mark Abbott
Susan Avery
Robert Dickinson
Thomas Dietz
Henry Jacoby
Maria Carmen Lemos
Karen Seto
Kathleen Tierney
Charles Vorosmarty
John M. Wallace
Gary Yohe.

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Committee concerns , suggestions, and work plans for developing the next draft of their report (the Review of the USGCRP Strategic Plan).

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

none

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
January 06, 2012


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20001

Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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

Contact Name:  Ricardo Payne
Contact Email:  RPayne@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-3982

Agenda
9:45 am Welcome, introductions of guests

10:00 Presentation and discussion about the USGCRP's evolution, structure, strategic planning process

10:45 Break

11:00 Initial discussion of the draft USGCRP strategic plan - general comments and concerns

12:30 Working Lunch

1:30 Continue discussion of the draft strategic plan - section by section review, discuss areas where there are differing opinions

3:00 Discussion with USGCRP representatives about tentative plans for subsequent committee tasks and activities

3:30 Break

CLOSED SESSION

3:45 - 5:00 Committee Orientation and development of work plans.

Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Warren Washington
Kai Lee
Mark Abbott
Robert Dickinson
Maria Carmen Lemos
Thomas Dietz
Henry Jacoby
Kathleen Tierney
Charles Vorosmarty
Ricard Moss (NRC Cmte on Human Dimensions of Global Change)
Tony Janetos (NRC Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate); [by phone:] Doug Arent
Susan Avery
Camille Parmesan
Gary Yohe.

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

The committee discussed their views of the USGCRP draft strategic planning document, their workplans for moving ahead with a formal review of the document, and their possible subsequent roles in advising the USGCRP.

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

none

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
August 19, 2011

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