USGCRP Climate & Health Assessment
As part of the President’s Climate Action Plan and ongoing efforts within the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), the Interagency Crosscutting Group on Climate Change and Human Health (CCHHG) and a subset of the Interagency National Climate Assessment Working Group (INCA) have initiated a scientific assessment of the impacts of climate change on human health in the United States. This data-driven technical synthesis and assessment will be an interagency product of the USGCRP, organized by the CCHHG.
The USGCRP Climate and Health Assessment will be an evidence-based, quantitative assessment of observed and projected climate change impacts on human health in the United States. Development of the assessment will leverage existing activities of the CCHHG and INCA members, aggregate and assess current quantitative research on human health impacts of climate change, and summarize the current state of the science. The USGCRP Climate and Health Assessment will extend the work begun under the 2008 Synthesis and Assessment Product (SAP) 4.6: Analyses of the Effects of Global Change on Human Health and Welfare and Human Systems and the Third National Climate Assessment (NCA) by using modeling and analysis tools to quantify, where possible, projected national-scale impacts of climate change on human health. Such analyses will attempt to identify and bound impact uncertainties, as well as better define changes in attributable epidemiological risks, particularly for populations of concern, with the goal of informing public health authorities and other public planning and resource management entities.
The lead and coordinating Federal agencies for the USGCRP Climate and Health Assessment are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The CCHHG Steering Committee provided a number of opportunities for public engagement during the initial scoping phase of the USGCRP Climate and Health Assessment, as announced in a Federal Register Notice issued by EPA on behalf of the USGCRP (February 7, 2014). Thank you to all those who helped inform the USGCRP Climate and Health Assessment by nominating contributing authors, submitting comments and scientific literature, and participating in the Public Forum held on March 13, 2014.
After completion of a draft for public review, EPA (on behalf of USGCRP) will issue a second Federal Register Notice to announce a 60-day public comment period for the draft report (expected early to mid 2015). The public will be able to view the draft and submit comments to an online docket available on this website. Public comments received on the draft will be evaluated and used to inform the final report.
For general questions regarding the USGCRP Climate and Health Assessment, please contact [email protected]. To learn about future opportunities to engage with the assessment and to stay informed about its progress, please monitor this page, follow USGCRP on Facebook and Twitter, or sign up for the USGCRP newsletter.