SOCCR-2 Frequently Asked Questions
What is SOCCR-2?
The 2nd State of the
Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR-2) is a scientific assessment of the carbon cycle across North America. In addition to updating the science assessed in SOCCR-1 (2007), the report emphasizes advances in the understanding of carbon cycle science and associated human dimensions of the carbon cycle of land, air, and water. SOCCR-2 is a sustained assessment product of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), and is an important technical input to the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4).
Who is writing this report?
SOCCR-2 is being written by more than 200 Federal and non-Federal authors representing a range of carbon cycle science expertise, a number of whom were selected through a public call for author nominations.
What is the review process?
SOCCR-2 is undergoing a rigorous, multi-step review process, including the current public comment and simultaneous review by an expert panel of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The SOCCR-2 Federal Steering Committee and the Carbon Cycle Interagency Working Group selected Review Editors after openly soliciting nominations. Review Editors are tasked with ensuring that authors adequately responded to all comments received during the public and National Academies review periods. By the time the report is finalized and released, SOCCR-2 will also have undergone at least five rounds of interagency review.
How long has this report been in production?
Planning for SOCCR-2 began shortly after the release of the Third National Climate Assessment in 2014. The draft prospectus was released for public comment in February 2016.
When will this report be released?
SOCCR-2 is scheduled for release in mid-2018.
Will SOCCR-2 offer policy recommendations?
SOCCR-2 is a technical, scientific assessment of the state of the carbon cycle in North America. It does not make policy recommendations or evaluate existing or proposed policies.
Public comment period
Why are you asking for public comment on this report?
Public review and comment is vital to the development of this report. While author teams were carefully selected to bring a variety of expertise and diversity of views, the public may be aware of additional scientific information or case studies that warrant consideration. The authors want SOCCR-2 to be a useful and practical resource for stakeholders including scientists, educators, decisionmakers, practitioners, and the public.
How can I read and comment on this report?
Please visit review.globalchange.gov to create your log-in credentials. You may then access the draft report and submit your comments through the online system.
How long is the public comment period?
The public comment period is scheduled to close on Wednesday, January 8, 2018.
If I submit comments on this report, will the authors read them?
All comments will be read and responded to. The nine Review Editors for the report are tasked with ensuring that authors adequately respond to all comments received during the public and National Academies review periods.
Can I use this draft report to [teach a class, etc.]?
Not yet. SOCCR-2 is still a draft document, and as such should not be cited, quoted, or distributed. We intend to release the final version of SOCCR-2 in mid-2018.