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The US National Climate Assessment

Innovations in Science and Engagement

  • Provides a comprehensive evaluation of the state of knowledge of climate change for the US

  • Presents an insider-perspective on the processes used to conduct the largest and most comprehensive National Climate Assessment ever produced, written by many of the leaders of the field

  • Contains a wide array of insights that is useful for a wide range of future scientific assessments, ranging from IPCC, to future national and international science assessments, to more focused evaluations of the state of knowledge within specific fields

Part of the book series: Springer Climate (SPCL)

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-vi
  2. The third US national climate assessment: innovations in science and engagement

    • Katharine L. Jacobs, James L. Buizer, Susanne C. Moser, Aliana Britson
    Pages 1-7
  3. Building a sustained climate assessment process

    • James L. Buizer, Kirstin Dow, Mary E. Black, Katharine L. Jacobs, Anne Waple, Richard H. Moss et al.
    Pages 23-37
  4. Engagement in the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment: commitment, capacity, and communication for impact

    • Emily Cloyd, Susanne C. Moser, Edward Maibach, Julie Maldonado, Tinqiao Chen, Aliana Britson
    Pages 39-54
  5. Innovations in science and scenarios for assessment

    • Kenneth E. Kunkel, Richard Moss, Adam Parris
    Pages 55-68
  6. Innovations in information management and access for assessments

    • Anne M. Waple, Sarah M. Champion, Kenneth E. Kunkel, Curt Tilmes
    Pages 69-83
  7. Building an integrated U.S. National Climate Indicators System

    • Melissa A. Kenney, Anthony C. Janetos, Glynis C. Lough
    Pages 85-96
  8. Engagement with indigenous peoples and honoring traditional knowledge systems

    • Julie Maldonado, T. M. Bull Bennett, Karletta Chief, Patricia Cochran, Karen Cozzetto, Bob Gough et al.
    Pages 111-126
  9. Aspirations and common tensions: larger lessons from the third US national climate assessment

    • Susanne C. Moser, Jerry M. Melillo, Katharine L. Jacobs, Richard H. Moss, James L. Buizer
    Pages 187-201

About this book

This book offers valuable climate policy and climate assessment lessons, depicting what it takes to build a sustained climate assessment process. It explores the third U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA3) report as compared with previous US national climate assessments, from both a process and content perspective. The U.S. Global Change Research Program is required by law to produce a National Climate Assessment report every four years, and these reports provide a comprehensive evaluation of climate science as well as observed and projected climate impacts on a variety of sectors.
 
As the book describes, a key contribution of the NCA3 approach is a far more deliberate interdisciplinary process, as well as an engagement strategy that brought hundreds of public and private sector stakeholders into the assessment community. Among its most important conceptual contributions was an explicit focus on building the infrastructure to conduct better assessments over time and an experimental approach to analysis of the impacts of climate on cross-sectoral systems and inter-locking and cascading effects across sectors.

Readers may explore innovations such as the development of regional climatologies and projections for every region of the US, as well as the development of the Global Change Information System. The book also highlights the need for decision-makers to be part of the assessment process, in order for assessment findings to be truly useful from a decision-maker's perspective. Many lessons have been learned by the NCA3 authors that can be useful in future assessments and adaptation processes, both within the US and internationally. This book passes on such lessons and includes an evaluation of the role of state climate assessments in ongoing national assessment processes.

Keywords

  • Climate Change
  • Climate Policy
  • Climate Science
  • Environmental Management
  • US Climate Assessment
  • NCA3
  • Evaluating climate change projects
  • Climate change management

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institute of the Environment, University of Arizona Institute of the Environment, Tucson, USA

    Katharine Jacobs, James Buizer

  • Susanne Moser Research & Consulting , Santa Cruz, USA

    Susanne Moser

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-41802-5
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)