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Join USGCRP at AGU 2023

December 1st, 2023

USGCRP will be highly visible at the American Geophysical Union’s 2023 annual meeting, with staff and many Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5) authors attending in person. NCA5 events include a union session highlighting the report findings, a town hall featuring the work of NOAA’s Technical Support Unit in developing the report, and a poster session featuring all NCA5 chapters. Also, NCA5 Art x Climate will be featured on NASA's Hyperwall.

Stop by the USGCRP booth!

Location: #1236, Moscone Center
Date: December 11-14

Engage with USGCRP staff about the Fifth National Climate Assessment, the First National Nature Assessment, our various Interagency Group activities, and more


Integrated Hydro-Terrestrial Workshop 2.0: Advancing Community Capabilities in Integrated Water Cycle Modeling, Research, and Operations Under Global Change

Poster Presentation (H11H-1348)
Date/time: Monday, December 11, 8:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. PST
Location: Poster Hall A-C – South (Exhibition Level, South, MC)

The United States Global Change Research Program, a federal program that facilitates collaborative research between government agencies, is committed to advancing our understanding of the water cycle by bringing together scientists across different fields. To this end, several agencies and non-federal partners collaborated on a workshop focused on Integrated Hydro-Terrestrial Modeling, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2023, a framework that leverages the capabilities of different agencies and researchers to advance a shared vision for water cycle modeling. This presentation will outline the key takeaways from the workshop, which focused on the selection of case studies that can facilitate collaborative and transparent water cycle research that responds to societal needs. 

Advancing Multiscale Integrated Modeling for Prediction and Assessment of Water Availability 

Poster Session (H11H)
Date/time: Monday, December 11, 8:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. PST
Location: Poster Hall A-C – South (Exhibition Level, South, MC)

This session will focus on advancing multiscale predictive models of integrated hydro-terrestrial systems, including natural and human system components, to enable robust assessments of water availability (quantity, quality, and use) and improved management of water resources. 

A Place for Education: Analyzing and Implementing the Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5) Across Education Efforts to Catalyze Climate Literacy and Action I

Innovation Session (INV11C)
Date/time: Monday, December 11, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. PST
Location: 301-302 – South (Level 3, South, MC)

The session will bring together interdisciplinary researchers and educators, including formal educators of all levels and all types of informal educators, to share, analyze, inspire, and collaborate with one another by discussing the NCA5 and its current and potential uses for educators. 

Agency Research Pathways for Measuring Carbon Dioxide Removal

Town Hall (TH13C)
Date/time: Monday, December 11, 1 – 2 p.m. PST
Location: 2001 – West (Level 2, West, MC)  

This Town Hall, hosted by the Carbon Cycle Interagency Working Group of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, brings together federal program managers with the AGU scientific community for agency presentations and a Q&A. The dialogue will focus on research needed to adequately evaluate carbon dioxide removal (CDR) approaches, including measuring, monitoring, reporting, and verifying carbon budgets across Earth's reservoirs.

A Federal Framework and Action Plan for Climate Services

Presentation (SY13B-02)
Date/time: Monday, December 11, 2:20 – 2:27 p.m. PST
Location: 2020 - West (Level 2, West, MC)  

This presentation highlights a recently released Federal Framework and Action Plan for Climate Services from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The plan clarifies the understanding of the scope of climate services across the Federal Government, provides an initial framework for coordinating Federal agencies through the U.S. Global Change Research Program, and identifies specific actions that can be taken to build a more effective system of climate services for the Nation. 

Reception: Climate, Health, and Environmental Justice in Research and in Practice: A Salon-Style Networking Reception

Date: Monday, December 11, 6:30-8:30pm PST
Location: San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Salon 11

This salon-style event will feature distinguished speakers sharing information about cutting-edge developments in climate, health, and environmental justice research and practice across the Federal Government. Topics will include key messages from the Fifth National Climate Assessment, transformational U.S. programs and legislation to improve health and justice through climate change mitigation and adaptation, and new efforts to generate a thriving climate and health community of practice. Come to learn more about these exciting and rapidly evolving initiatives, meet new colleagues, and network with leaders in climate change, health, and environmental justice research and practice.


The Fifth National Climate Assessment: Risks, Impacts, and Responses 

Special Poster Session (SY23B)
Date/time: Tuesday, December 12, 2:10 - 6:30 p.m. PST
Location: Poster Hall A-C – South (Exhibition Level, South, MC)

In this poster session, NCA5 authors from across the 40+ chapters and features (including water, energy, ecosystems, agriculture, health, Indigenous peoples, economics, social systems, regions, mitigation, and adaptation) will showcase key findings on observed and projected climate trends and highlight impacts, risks, and responses in the United States. NCA5 staff will also share process innovations and enhancements in areas such as public engagement, downscaling, and the NCA5 call for art. 

Expanding and Enhancing Climate Information and Services: A Whole-of-Government Framework and Action Plan

Town Hall (TH25H)
Date and Time: Tuesday, December 12, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. PST
Location: 2001 – West (Level 2, West, MC)  

This town hall will highlight a recently released Federal Framework and Action Plan for Climate Services from the White House Office and Science and Technology Policy, as well as how Federal agencies are already enhancing and expanding climate services to meet the needs of communities and decision makers across the Nation. Through the vigorous and sustained implementation of these actions, the Federal Government, along with non-Federal partners, will be well-positioned to inform and support actions that address climate variability and change. 


The Fifth National Climate Assessment: Key Themes and Scientific Updates

Union Session (U31A)
Date/time: Wednesday, December 13, 8:30 - 10 a.m. PST
Location: 303-304 – South (Level 3, South, MC)  

In this Union Session, NCA5 leadership and report authors will present an overview of the report with a focus on new developments since the release of the Fourth National Climate Assessment in 2018. Led by the U.S. Global Change Research Program and written by over 500 experts, NCA5 describes the observed and projected impacts of climate change on a range of sectors and ten regions of the U.S. The report assesses the latest science on adaptation and mitigation, includes new chapters on economics and social systems and justice, and explores cross-cutting themes such as western wildfires and COVID-19. Equity and justice are emphasized across all chapters. 

NASA Hyperwall Display: Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5) Art x Climate

Date/Time: Wednesday, December 13, 2:00 – 2:15 p.m. PST
Location: NASA Booth #531

Advances and Progress Toward a More Inclusive, Diverse, Equitable, and Accessible Scientific Community 

Poster Session (ED33B)
Date/time: Wednesday, December 13, 2:10 - 6:30 p.m. PST
Location: Poster Hall A-C – South (Exhibition Level, South, MC)

The goal of this session is to promote the inclusivity, diversity, equity, and accessibility efforts in the Earth and space science community. NCA5 Director Allison Crimmins will present “Towards DEIJA in the Fifth National Climate Assessment: Recent efforts and advances.”

Science and Society - Art and Science - Collaborations Between Artists and Scientists

eLightning Presentation (SY34B)
Date/time: Wednesday, December 13, 4:15 - 4:18 p.m. PST
Location: eLightning Theater V, Hall D - South (Exhibition Level, South, MC)

This session welcomes work from scientists, artists, designers, and creators who have successfully integrated art and science. NCA Senior Staff Manager Allyza Lustig will present Art x Climate, the art gallery of the Fifth National Climate Assessment and the first call for art for a National Climate Assessment. 


Advancing Global Change Research Through Interagency, International, and Transdisciplinary Collaborations: Opportunities, Challenges, and Rewards

Town Hall (TH43G)
Date/time: Thursday, December 14, 1 – 2 p.m. PST
Location: 2001 – West (Level 2, West, MC)  

The goal of the proposed town hall is to inform the AGU community about current USGCRP International Activities Interagency Working Group (IAIWG) efforts to foster interagency, interdisciplinary, and international cooperation on global change research. The town hall will close with a moderated Q&A to facilitate exchange of ideas and potential network building. Targeted audiences include: (1) early-career and established scientists in the field of global change research; and (2) individuals from government agencies interested in learning more about advances and gaps in global change research.


NCA5 Atlas Media Roundtable

Date/time: Thursday, December 14, 1:30 - 2:15 p.m. PST

Location: Press conferences, media roundtable Q&A sessions and media availabilities will take place in the press rooms in Moscone South, Level 3. The roundtable and press conference rooms can be accessed through the main Press Room, in room 306-7.

The Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5) released in November is the preeminent source of authoritative and usable climate information – risks, impacts, and responses – in the United States. The vast scope of the report may appear challenging for a reporter or data visualization provider looking to identify and extract local and regional climate data quickly. That's why USGCRP, NOAA and Esri built an interactive atlas to help reporters to explore the downscaled projections used in the report to add data and context to breaking news, and to help enterprising journalists identify under-reported climate stories.


Accelerating Applications and Collaborations in Interagency Integrated Research of the Water Cycle to Inform Water Management Under Global Change

Town Hall (TH45A)
Date and Time: Thursday, December 14, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. PST
Location: 2002 – West (Level 2, West, MC)

The U.S. Global Change Research Program’s Interagency Integrated Water Cycle Group (IWCG) coordinates research to better understand the effects of global change on the water cycle and resulting impacts through interagency collaboration on interdisciplinary approaches. This town hall will highlight the Group’s success at forging connections among the science, applied research, planning, and decision-making communities, as well as seek input from the broader research, management, and policy community. 


NOAA Technical Support Unit’s Achievements in Developing the Fifth National Climate Assessment

Town Hall (TH53F)
Date/time: Friday, December 15, 1 - 2 p.m. PST
Location: 2008 – West (Level 2, West, MC)  

In this town hall, staff from the Technical Support Unit will discuss their role in the report’s development and highlight their successes across their science, editorial, graphics, data, and web teams. The team’s updates will reveal lessons learned relevant for those involved in creating other assessments, including how to make science accessible to the widest possible audience. There will be opportunity to engage with participants through a panel and open discussion at the end of the town hall.

Developing Indicators of Global Change Through Interagency Collaboration

Town Hall (TH53M)
Date and Time: Friday, December 15, 1 – 2 p.m. PST
Location: 2007 – West (Level 2, West, MC)  

This Town Hall will highlight key observing efforts and the development of diverse indicators of climate and global change in support of stakeholder and user needs, such as those highlighted in this Overview Story Map of Climate-related indicators. US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) Interagency Groups are the primary vehicle for coordinating and implementing global change research activities within and across agencies. The USGCRP Observations Interagency Working Group (ObsIWG) and Indicators Interagency Working Group (IndIWG) focus on long-term observations and the development of indicators of global change. The USGCRP Indicator Platform is an interagency collaboration that leverages efforts from across the USGCRP agencies and highlights key climate information in the form of indicators that: 1) provide foundational science in support of USGCRP sustained assessment products, including the National Climate Assessment, and 2) showcase examples from Federal agency-specific indicator efforts.