May 18th, 2011 - The NCADAC meetings page has been updated with a link to the agenda and documents for the May 20th meeting of the NCADAC. The agenda site will be updated with additional documents as they become available.
The meeting is scheduled for 1-5 p.m. Eastern Time. Public access will be available at the office of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, Conference Room A, Suite 250, 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20006.
For further information, please contact Dr. Cynthia Decker, Designated Federal Official, National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Board, NOAA, Rm. 11230, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-734-1156, Fax: 301-713-1459, E-mail: Cynthia.email@example.com). Individuals planning to attend are requested to RSVP to Dr. Decker because space is limited at the venue.
Today NOAA released a new press release naming the governing panel for the National Climate Assessment development and advisory committee (NCADAC). Jerry Melillo has been named as the Chair, and Terese Richmond and Gary Yohe have been named as Vice chairs. For the full release, please see: http://www.noaanews.
climateassessment.html. For the full list of governing panel members, as well as the full membership of the committee, please see: http://globalchange.gov/what-we-do/assessment/proposedfacmembers.
On 29 March 2011, the White House announced that Dr. Thomas Armstrong will be the new Director of the newly created USGCRP National Coordination Office. Dr. Armstrong comes to the position having most recently served as the Senior
Advisor for Climate Change at the Department of the Interior, where he
was a key figure in the development of the Departmentâ€™s
climate-change-related policies, organizational elements, and budget
strategies. He has also acted as the Vice Chair for Adaptation Science on the National Science and
Technology Councilâ€™s Subcommittee on Global Change Research (SGCR), the
steering body of the USGCRP. In this role, Dr. Armstrong has been an active
participant in the programâ€™s restructuring and the drafting of the new
strategic plan and has worked to identify key priorities in the field of
adaptation research and oversee the seamless integration of these goals
into the larger evolving vision of the program. For the full White House announcement, see http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/03/29/strengthening-our-understanding-changing-planet.
1989, the annual report from the USGCRP, Our Changing Planet, has been
submitted to Congress by the Federal agencies charged with coordinated research
on global change. The report is required under the provisions of the Global
Change Research Act (GCRA) of
1990 and summarizes recent achievements, near term plans, and progress in
implementing long term goals. It also provides an overview of
recent and near-term expenditures and of requested funding.
This yearâ€™s 2011 Our Changing Planet report
describes a program in transition. In accordance with the GCRA, the USGCRP
agencies requested guidance from the National Research Council (NRC) on how to
best meet the changing needs of the nation to understand climate change and
respond to its impacts, and the NRC responded with a 2009 report entitled â€œRestructuring
Federal Climate Research to Meet the Challenges of Climate Changeâ€. In accord
with that reportâ€™s recommendations, the USGCRP is undergoing a strategic
realignment that will ensure that the science produced is maximally useful for
decision makers at all scales.
Going forward the program will place greater emphasis on
impacts, vulnerabilities, and on understanding the options for adapting to the
changing climate. The program will also continue its long-standing support for
activities that contribute to a better understanding of the Earth system,
including observations, research, and predictive modeling. All of these focuses
will be reflected in the USGCRPâ€™s new strategic plan and its National Climate