New Report: Enhancing Participation in the U.S. Global Change Research Program
As understanding of global change has evolved over the past decades, the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) has faced growing demands for actionable scientific information to help decision makers respond to changing climate conditions. A new report from the Academies’ Committee to Advise the USGCRP explores mechanisms and opportunities for enhancing participation in the Program’s evolving scope of activities, such as broadening the group of federal agencies and non-federal entities that engage with the USGCRP and embracing a variety of approaches to partnership. Interagency Working Groups are one particularly useful approach that could be more fully exploited to promote ongoing collaboration around specific areas of interest. USGCRP would more fully meet its mandate by taking the lead in arguing for increased participation by other agencies--including formal membership--when the benefits to the nation outweigh the costs of collaboration to the agencies.
Announcing a New Roundtable on Unconventional Hydrocarbons
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have launched a new roundtable where representatives from government, industry, academia, and NGOS can meet to discuss issues related to the development of U.S. stores of unconventional hydrocarbon resources such as shale oil and gas. Members, including sponsor organizations and volunteer experts, will gather, examine, and communicate facts and data; help to advance activities that would be of broad value to key stakeholders; and assist in informing decision making about development of these resources. The Roundtable is an Academies-wide activity, administrated by the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources and the Water Science and Technology Board. The Academies seeks nominations for experts to serve in volunteer member roles by October 30, 2015. Learn more and make a nomination today.
Call for Nominations and Input for the 2017-2027 Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have begun the next decadal survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space. Sponsored by NASA, NOAA, and the USGS, the survey will present a decade-long strategy for achieving consensus science goals driven by input from the scientific community and policy experts. The inaugural survey, which was issued in 2007, continues to have a profound role in determining funding levels and shaping science priorities for the Earth science enterprise. The Academies is seeking nominations of experts to serve on study and also seeking responses to a Request for Information (RFI) on the top-level challenges and opportunities that should guide the work of the survey. Visit our website to learn more and to submit nominations and provide input by November 2, 2015 (white papers accepted through the end of the calendar year).
Bring an Interactive Exhibit to Arctic Matters Day on January 14, 2016
There’s still time to submit your idea for an interactive exhibit at the Academies’ “Arctic Matters Day” on January 14, 2016. The free event is part of a larger initiative to raise awareness about rapid Arctic climate change and its regional and global impacts. The agenda features lively “TED-like” talks from top experts who study Arctic change. Register for the event, check out sponsorship opportunities, and answer the call for exhibitor applications (due by October 31) today.
Workshop on Extreme Weather Events and Climate Change Attribution: October 21-22
Don’t miss the October 21-22 workshop to assess current capabilities in the attribution of extreme weather events to human-caused climate change or to natural variability. Topics include attribution of specific weather phenomena and methods and uncertainties of event attribution. The workshop will inform a fast-track study being conducted by the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate. The event is free and open to the public and will be webcast. Register today.