Social Science Coordinating Committee
The Social Science Coordinating Committee (SSCC) fosters integration of the methods, findings, and disciplinary perspectives of the social, behavioral, and economic sciences and interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches into USGCRP activities in support of the Program’s strategic goals. The SSCC liaises with and serves as a social science resource to other USGCRP Interagency Working Groups, the Subcommittee on
- SSCC provided recommendations to the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) Steering Committee on the integration of human dimensions of
climate changein NCA4. SSCC continues to provide input into the sustained assessment process and products, such as the use of scenarios to incorporate human system change into climate projections, and is currently undertaking a review of integration of social science in NCA4 to provide recommendations for future assessment reports.
- In March 2017, SSCC convened a workshop with four social science professional societies to provide social science perspectives on Federal climate research and programs. The workshop resulted in three white papers addressing social
vulnerability; drivers of and mitigationand adaptationresponses to climate change; and innovative tools, methods, and analyses to study interactions of human and natural systems. Read the white papers.
- In collaboration with the Board on Environmental Change and Society of the National Academies, SSCC co-hosted a seminar “Climate Resilient Pathways and Social Science Research to Action” in February 2019. The seminar brought together federal managers and scientists, academic scientists, NAS, and civil society. Participants discussed the role of social science research to inform actions to meet global change and sustainability challenges, and opportunities to advance interdisciplinary research in federal programs.
- SSCC provides ongoing inputs to the Indicators Interagency Working Group on methods for identifying and incorporating social indicators of drivers of change, impacts, vulnerability, and
resilience. A workshop, “Socio-environmental Systems Indicators for Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience in the U.S.,” funded by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center and the National Science Foundation, is planned for May 2019.
- SSCC participates in meetings of the Interagency Group on Integrative Modeling, and developed recommendations to support a new effort to identify research needs and priorities for developing multi-scale modeling frameworks and capability to better understand the dynamics of coupled human-environmental systems in a multi-
stressorworld, and assess climate change impacts, vulnerabilities, and responses at multiple scales to inform decisions. View the workshop report.
- White papers: Social Science Perspectives on Climate Change
- In developing its initial focus, the SSCC drew heavily upon the recommendations of the USGCRP Social Science Task Force (SSTF) which was established in 2012 after the release of the 2012–2021 Strategic Plan. The SSTF fulfilled its mandate in early 2014 with the publication of a white paper and journal article:Weaver, C. P., S. Mooney, D. Allen, N. Beller-Simms, T. Fish, A. E. Grambsch, W. Hohenstein, et al. “From Global Change Science to Action with Social Sciences.” (2014) Nature Climate Change 4(8): 656–59. https://doi.org/10.1038/nclimate2319.After these publications, the SSCC was formed as a committee of USGCRP to implement the suggestions of the white paper and aid USGCRP in interagency coordination with respect to social science research and perspectives.
- Recommendations for the NCA4 Steering Committee