The report from the Sustaining National Climate Assessments of Oceans and Coasts workshop is ready for viewing. This workshop, which took place April 22-23, 2013, was the first of its kind and focused explicitly on the sustained assessment process for a particular sector or region.
Nearly 60 participants from a diversity of sectors, including federal, state, and tribal governments and organizations, academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations, convened in Washington D.C. to brainstorm pathways forward for ocean and coastal climate assessments.
Specific topics of discussion included existing and emerging science needs, the evolving role of assessments in informing coastal and marine resource managers and decision-makers, and mechanisms for promoting engagement and building capacity to conduct coastal and ocean assessments.
The workshop can be used as a framework for future sustained assessment workshops and discussions of other regions or sectors. This report is available through the USGCRP website or through the workshop website, where you can also find presentations from the plenary sessions.