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The US National Climate Assessment

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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.


The Third US National Climate Assessment: Innovations in Science and Engagement.- Building Community, Credibility and Knowledge: the Third US National Climate Assessment.- Building a Sustained Climate Assessment Process.- Engagement in the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment: Commitment, Capacity, and Communication for Impact.- Innovations in Science and Scenarios for Assessment.- Innovations in Information Management and Access for Assessments.- Building an Integrated U.S. National Climate Indicators System.- Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services in the United States: Process and Prospects for Sustained Assessment.- Engagement with Indigenous Peoples and Honoring Traditional Knowledge Systems.- The Third National Climate Assessment's Coastal Chapter: the Making of an Integrated Assessment.- Assessing Decision Support Systems and Levels of Confidence to Narrow the Climate Information Usability Gap.- Innovations in Assessment and Adaptation: Building on the US National Climate Assessment.- U.S. National Climate Assessment Gaps and Research Needs: Overview, the Economy and the International Context.- Aspirations and Common Tensions: Larger Lessons from the Third US National Climate Assessment.


Titel: The US National Climate Assessment
Untertitel: Innovations in Science and Engagement
EAN: 9783319418018
ISBN: 3319418017
Format: Fester Einband
Herausgeber: Springer International Publishing
Anzahl Seiten: 208
Gewicht: 483g
Größe: H241mm x B160mm x T17mm
Jahr: 2016
Auflage: 1st ed. 2016

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