USGCRP Welcomes Dr. David Reidmiller as Director of Fourth National Climate Assessment
The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) is pleased to announce that Dr. David Reidmiller will serve as Director of the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4). David is on detail to the USGCRP National Coordination Office from the Department of the Interior’s U.S. Geological Survey. As Director, he will lead the production of NCA4, overseeing a robust public engagement strategy and efforts to strengthen the sustained National Climate Assessment process.
With the Third NCA (2014), USGCRP began building capacity for conducting scientific assessments of global change on an ongoing basis, enabling new information and insights to be synthesized and communicated as they emerge. Under David’s leadership, NCA4 will further develop this approach, taking advantage of assessment products on climate change and food security, climate change and human health, physical climate science, and the state of the carbon cycle already completed or underway, which will provide foundational input to the quadrennial National Climate Assessment.
“While NCA3 involved an enormous ramp-up to deliver what was ultimately a remarkably clear, useful, and successful product, the sustained assessment vision that USGCRP has embraced is paving the way for a different approach to NCA4. The NCA4 engagement process will strengthen our understanding of the challenges communities face in light of a changing climate. But documenting those challenges is not enough--we want to provide a platform where community resilience successes can be shared and adopted by others." David said.
The focus on regions is an integral component of the NCA and provides critical input to decision making. Climate change interacts with social and environmental stressors in ways that may be unique to each region, and providing NCA users with information that is both accurate and specific to a particular context can be a challenge. To help ensure that each regional chapter responds to current information needs, David’s team is recruiting region-specific authors and will co-host workshops with local entities to gather input. In addition, NCA4 will incorporate insights from recently-developed climate information tools that analyze impacts at regional, state, and local levels.
“The agencies of the U.S. government have been working tirelessly over the past few years to produce some really innovative tools and products to help the American public better understand and address the impacts of climate change on the things they care about. And we’re looking forward to featuring them in novel ways in NCA4,” David said.
Bringing these unique regional contexts together in one product is a key challenge in the NCA process--one that David is prepared to take on. As Chief Climate Scientist and Lead Climate Technology Negotiator at the U.S. Department of State, David coordinated U.S. engagement with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which produces policy-relevant assessments of climate change science, impacts, and response options on regional and global scales. David also led U.S. negotiations related to science and technology in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change that played a central role in the development and adoption of the Paris Agreement, and directed the Department of State's participation in USGCRP.
“Climate change affects everyone,” David said. “My hope is that the next National Climate Assessment will describe not only the potential impacts of climate change on communities across the United States, but, almost more importantly, will illustrate how informed decision making can help minimize the risks to society and future generations.”