© 2016

The US National Climate Assessment

Innovations in Science and Engagement

  • Katharine Jacobs
  • Susanne Moser
  • James Buizer

Part of the Springer Climate book series (SPCL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Katharine L. Jacobs, James L. Buizer, Susanne C. Moser, Aliana Britson
    Pages 1-7
  3. James L. Buizer, Kirstin Dow, Mary E. Black, Katharine L. Jacobs, Anne Waple, Richard H. Moss et al.
    Pages 23-37
  4. Emily Cloyd, Susanne C. Moser, Edward Maibach, Julie Maldonado, Tinqiao Chen, Aliana Britson
    Pages 39-54
  5. Kenneth E. Kunkel, Richard Moss, Adam Parris
    Pages 55-68
  6. Anne M. Waple, Sarah M. Champion, Kenneth E. Kunkel, Curt Tilmes
    Pages 69-83
  7. Melissa A. Kenney, Anthony C. Janetos, Glynis C. Lough
    Pages 85-96
  8. Julie Maldonado, T. M. Bull Bennett, Karletta Chief, Patricia Cochran, Karen Cozzetto, Bob Gough et al.
    Pages 111-126
  9. 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.


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

Editors and affiliations

  • Katharine Jacobs
    • 1
  • Susanne Moser
    • 2
  • James Buizer
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of the EnvironmentUniversity of Arizona Institute of the EnvironmentTucsonUSA
  2. 2.Susanne Moser Research & Consulting Santa CruzUSA
  3. 3.Institute of the EnvironmentUniversity of Arizona Institute of the EnvironmentTucsonUSA

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