The INCA Task Force has identified
the need for discussion on important tools, methodologies, guidelines, and
assumptions for assessment. USGCRP and the NCA team are actively soliciting
input on the following topics:
Management, Metadata, and Peer Review: managing data, archiving, quality assurance / control, peer
review, qualifications for inclusion of data in official Assessment documents;
documentation of sources; chain of custody of information.
and Engagement: Ensuring
consistent messages, encouraging
co-production of information between government and stakeholders,
coordination with other federal climate-related programs, design of documents
and tailored communications with a variety of partners.
and Alternative Valuation Techniques and Metrics for Climate Change Impacts,
Adaptation, and Mitigation: Ways of
evaluating the effectiveness of adaptation and mitigation options using tools
that acknowledge non-monetary values and inter-generational benefits.
Assessments: Identification of approaches to evaluating the relative vulnerability of
ecological and social communities and approaches to prioritization of risk
across sectors and regions.
for Regional and Sectoral Assessments: Methods to ensure consistent
approaches to building regional and sectoral components of the assessment.
Â· Role of
International Climate Impacts and Responses, and their Implications for the
United States: The ways in
which the NCA will consider the implications of stresses that are generated
elsewhere in the globe and to consider the global context for the NCA process.
Â· Scenarios for
Climate Change Assessment: Methods for
the development and use of consistent projections of possible future conditions
for use within NCA activities.
Change Modeling and Downscaling: Perspectives
related to selecting model and downscaling outputs and approaches for their use
in NCA activities. This includes socioeconomic, land use, and other model types
and outputs, in addition to climate model outputs.
Climate Change and its Impacts: Selecting from existing
monitoring and observing systems and a variety of impact reports to design an
integrated, ongoing monitoring system for the NCA. This includes establishing a
long-term, consistent approach to documenting climate impacts and trends
(including developing indicators of, e.g., impacts to the built environment and
energy sectors, impacts on and responses of natural systems, socio-economic and
public health trends, and disasters and extreme events).