Public Comments: Your Input Counts
USGCRP would like to thank everyone who participated in the recent public comment periods for the draft Climate and Health Assessment (The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment) and the sustained National Climate Assessment (NCA) process. “Public comment periods are a critical tool in meeting our mandate to consult with users of USGCRP products. They aid USGCRP in our short- and long-term research planning and in preparing and reviewing draft products,” said Chris Weaver, Acting Director of the USGCRP National Coordination Office.
Some comment periods occur relatively early in the program planning process. Information from the public helps us understand the science questions that people would like to see addressed in our research programs and in products like the NCA. Examples of this type of comment period are the recent public comment period on the sustained NCA and earlier comment periods on the draft prospectus for the Climate and Health Assessment and on objectives and proposed topics for the Third National Climate Assessment (NCA3).
Other comment periods, like the recent one for the draft Climate and Health Assessment (and earlier comment periods on the draft NCA3 and draft USGCRP Strategic Plan), provide a draft document for public inspection. During these comment periods, members of the scientific community and the broader public suggest additional research results that may strengthen report’s conclusions, highlight areas of the report that need to be clarified, comment on the findings or research priorities, and provide other helpful insights.