NCA4 Contributor FAQs
Will there be a NCADAC like there was for the Third National Climate Assessment (NCA3)?
No. The report development is led by the federal Fourth National Climate Assessment Steering Committee (NCA4 SC) with representatives from USGCRP member agencies. There is a Sustained National Climate Assessment Federal Advisory Committee (SNCAFAC) administered by NOAA that had its first meeting September 13–15, 2016. This FAC provides advice on the sustained assessment process and is not directly involved in the NCA4 process, though the FAC may provide advice in timely, targeted areas.
Will there be travel and/or workshop support available?
There is limited travel support available for non-Federal authors through the NCA4 administrative lead agency, NOAA. Travel support for federal authors should be covered by their agency. Additional information will be provided in advance of author team meetings.
How can non-Federal authors contribute to the agency-led sectoral and response chapters? Should they still nominate themselves and others for this through the call for nominations currently?
The sectoral and response chapters will be led by Federal agencies. Agencies may choose to employ different models for their chapters, which may or may not include the participation of non-Federal authors. However, non-Federal experts should contact NCA staff or the Chapter Lead to register interest in serving as an author and/or technical contributor. In addition, sectoral concerns will also be addressed within the regional chapters, so sectoral expertise is needed across NCA4.
Do Federal authors have to come through this FRN?
Federal authors do not strictly need to come through the current call for authors, but we highly recommend nominating yourself or others through this call. This ensures that your interest is recorded and your name is passed along to those constituting author teams. The only authors that must come through this call are non-Federal Regional Chapter Leads.
What are the near-term and far-term deadlines?
Check out this high-level outline.
How are technical inputs getting to authors?
Technical inputs collected through contribute.globalchange.gov will be passed to the authors by NCO staff. There is an open call for them to be submitted through January 15, 2017.
What types of materials are you looking for as technical inputs? How will gray literature be handled?
We are seeking a wide variety of technical inputs, particularly focusing on items published since 2013. We will accept traditional peer-reviewed literature as well as “gray” literature (items which have not gone through a traditional peer review process). Regional, state, and local assessments and
What does the “best consideration” date for technical inputs mean?
Author teams will be constituted in the October-November timeline, and they will begin shaping chapter outlines at this time. Inputs received early will be provided to author teams at this time, and may thus be more influential in shaping individual chapters.
Our organization is interested in developing a technical input, but it may not be completed or published before January 15, 2017. What do you recommend?
Technical inputs do not necessarily need to be complete or published by the time of submission, but will need to be completed and published prior to public and National Academies reviews of NCA4 (projected in 2018). Draft inputs may still provide valuable information to author teams as they prepare the report.