On September 23, 2010, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the locations
selected for the Department of the Interiorâ€™s Southeast and Northwest
regional Climate Science Centers (CSC) and the finalization of a cooperative
agreement for the Alaska Climate Science Center, which opened on Sept. 1
North Carolina State University will host the Department of the
Interiorâ€™s Southeast Climate Science Center. A consortium of three
universities--Oregon State University, University of Washington and the
University of Idaho--will lead the Northwest Climate Science Center. Including the first CSC, the Alaska CSC hosted by the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, a total of three of the eight planned regional Climate Science Centers have been announced. These regional Climate Science Centers and their partnership networks
will function to provide the science needed to understand which regional resources are most
vulnerable to climate change, and they will work closely with the resource managers that have to work on planning for climate change. For more details, see the DOI press release at http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/Interior-Announces-Climate-Science-Centers-for-Southeast-and-Northwest-Regions.cfm.
EPA has released for independent external peer review and public comment a draft report entitled, A Method to Assess Climate-Relevant Decisions: Application in the Chesapeake Bay.
This draft report presents a method to inventory and analyze
environmental management decisions and their sensitivity to climatic
change for the purpose of subsequent prioritization. The peer review
and public comments will be accepted until November 1, 2010 and will be
used to revise the draft report. A final report will be posted online.
This draft report is available at: http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/cfm/
On 10 September 2010, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced 15 awardees
who will take the lead in planning collaborations across the United
States as part of the Climate Change Education Partnership (CCEP)
program. This program will connect climate scientists, experts in
theories on how people learn science, and formal and informal education
experts, with the goal of increasing public understanding of global
climate change and preparing the next generation of scientists and
educators. Each partnership will work to identify and disseminate
scientifically accurate educational resources, with the end goal being that the
materials developed through this program will be available to help both classroom
teachers and informal educators address students' questions about climate change from
a solid scientific basis. For more information, please see the NSF press release at http://nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=117685&org=NSF&from=news.
US Global Change Research Program is pleased to announce the
publication of "US National Climate Assessment Objectives, Proposed
Topics, and Next Steps" and requests public comments. The document
describes the objectives of the National Climate Assessment (NCA)
process, provides an initial outline of the next NCA synthesis report
(scheduled for publication in June 2013), and describes the next steps
in planning for and implementing the NCA process.
comments received on these documents will be evaluated and, if
appropriate, used to inform the NCA structure and process. Updates on
the NCA structure and process will be posted on the NCA Web site (http://globalchange.gov/what-
they are available. Comments will also be provided to the Federal
Advisory Committee for the NCA, the "National Climate Assessment
Development and Advisory Committee,'' when it is constituted this fall.
All comments will be collated and posted on the NCA Web site.
We thank you for the overwhelming response regarding date selection. We will provide you with more information and a website in 5-6 weeks time. We welcome your ideas for developing the meeting.Â
Chief Scientific Advisor Elinor Ostrom
To provide a comprehensive update on the state of the planet, the pressure it is under, and the societal transformation required to move to a sustainable pathway.
The conference will discuss solutions, at all scales, based on the latest scientific evidence. It will provide scientific leadership for the Earth Summit, Rio +20, also in 2012.Â
Guiding the direction for the conference is the International Council for Science?s five grand challenges for global sustainability research: observations, forecasting, responses, thresholds and innovation. The conference will also support international assessment processes, for example the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the new biodiversity assessment, plus the Millennium Development Goals.
The London conference will act as a platform to strengthen and enlarge the global-change research community and mark a move to a new vision for global-change research. It will bring together leading social and natural scientists and young scholars, to create a new understanding for tackling global sustainability challenges. Working across scales will be a strong theme for the conference. The event will include strong policy interaction. The programme will be designed to attract policymakers, industry, health specialists, and many others, particularly from the developing world. Scientists will be encouraged to discuss options and solutions.Â