GWRI Contributes to the 2014 National Climate Assessment
The National Climate Assessment (NCA) is carried out under the auspices of the U.S. Global Change Research Program and aims to assess the science of climate change and its impacts across the United States, now and throughout this century. It documents climate change related impacts and responses for various sectors and regions, with the goal of better informing public and private decision-making at all levels.
A team of more than 300 experts, guided by a 60-member National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee produced the 3rd Climate Assessment Report with input from public and private sector stakeholders, resource and environmental managers, researchers, representatives from businesses and non-governmental organizations, and the general public.
The assessment draws from a large body of scientific peer-reviewed research, technical input reports, and other publicly available sources; all sources meet the standards of the Information Quality Act. The report was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including a panel of the National Academy of Sciences, the 13 Federal agencies of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, and the Federal Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainability.
The 3rd NCA Report summarizes recent advances and findings in climate change science; assesses the climate change impacts within and across key societal and environmental sectors (i.e., human health, water, energy, transportation, agriculture, forests, and ecosystems and biodiversity) and U.S. regions (i.e., Northeast, Southeast and Caribbean, Midwest, Great Plains, Southwest, Northwest, Alaska, and Hawai‘i and the U.S. affiliated Pacific Islands, as well as coastal areas, oceans, and marine resources); assesses the current state of responses to climate change, including adaptation, mitigation, and decision support activities; highlights major gaps in science and research to improve future assessments; and describes a vision for and components of an ongoing, long-term assessment process.
The Georgia Water Resources Institute led the development of the NCA Water Resources chapter and contributed to the southeast impact assessment.
The NCA report and associated materials are available at http://nca2014.globalchange.gov.