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Integrating social sciences into the National Climate Assessment

USGCRP’s Social Sciences Coordinating Committee (SSCC) provides regular input to USGCRP’s assessment reports and serves as a resource for author teams on incorporating social sciences into their chapters. After the release of NCA4, the SSCC developed a white paper outlining findings and recommendations for the further integration of social science topics into future NCAs, based on focus groups conducted with report authors, which was later released as a journal article (Maxwell et al., 2022). These SSCC efforts informed the creation of the new Social Systems and Justice chapter in NCA5. In addition, the SSCC, in collaboration with several environmental justice experts on NCA5 author teams, provided informal guidance to authors, including preferred language and framing considerations for discussions of equity and environmental justice.