This interagency effort will result in the document’s first update since 2009, a highly necessary task given the advances in climate science and shift in public awareness and capacity to make informed decisions.
NOAA promotes cooperation on global change research and benefits from interagency and international engagement provided through USGCRP. Members of NOAA’s Climate Program Office participated in the Annual International Meeting of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), held over a period of three days between November 19th and December 2nd. Wayne Higgins attended as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Global Change Research and was joined by Ben DeAngelo and Jin Huang. The meeting was convened by the USGCRP International Activities Interagency Working Group (IAIWG), co-chaired by Lisa Vaughan.
CPO-supported researcher Dr. Melissa Kenney was the lead author on a report published in the journal Climate Change on building the integrated national climate indicators system, a prototype of which launched in May 2015. The climate indicator system was designed to complement the National Climate Assessments (NCA) and provide more timely information to decision makers, said Kenney.
An article co-written by CPO’s Melissa Kenney, Nancy Bellar-Simms, and Claudi Nierenberg has been published in the August issue of Nature Climate Change. The article — “From global change science to action with social sciences” — focuses on U.S. efforts to integrate social and biophysical sciences to address the issue of global change.