Expanding Engagement with USGCRP
Recognizing the value of a wide range of expertise and experience in building its decision-support capacity, USGCRP has built engagement into the sustained-assessment process at multiple levels. Public comment periods, town-hall events, and calls for technical contributions encourage input from state, local, and tribal governments; academic institutions; the private sector; and the interested public. NCAnet, a network of organizations involved in the National Climate Assessment (NCA) and its communication, has grown to include more than 180 organizations and played an important role in the release of the interagency assessment report The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States (Highlight 15). Supporting groups such as Resilience AmeriCorps and Climate Action Champions help connect USGCRP science with practitioners making adaptation and mitigation choices. The information exchanged through these interactions is helping USGCRP develop more relevant and more useful scientific products.
A better understanding of the needs of USGCRP stakeholders helps ensure that the scientific products USGCRP provides are clear, topical, and applicable to the specific needs of users at multiple levels. As USGRCP looks ahead, the information gained from engagement activities will help shape the future of the Program. NOAA, on USGCRP’s behalf, has convened a 15-member Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) to advise the sustained-assessment process on enhancing engagement with stakeholders, assessment activities, and the quadrennial NCA report. FAC members are strategic thought leaders with expertise in science, communications, engagement, and education, and will advise USGCRP on how to make the sustained-assessment process and products more useful to USGCRP stakeholders, as well as to connect the Program to new groups that would not be reached otherwise.