Five Sectors Selected for Special Analysis
Following guidance to "pick a few things and do them well,"
five sectors were selected to receive special analytical treatment in this
National Assessment: Agriculture,Water, Health,Forests and Coastal
Areas & Marine Resources. Each sectoral assessment was
sponsored by a federal agency. In each case, co-chairs developed a team
of experts to conduct a quantitative analysis that responded to user needs
and priorities, using climate and socioeconomic scenarios to analyze a
range of possible futures.
Coordination with Regions and Across Sectors
Coordination with the regional assessments was also essential.
one hand, many of the regions conducted finer scale analyses of
these same issues that fed information into the sectors. On the
hand, the sectoral assessments often took a national perspective
issues, looking at, for example, issues of international
rather than at redistribution of jobs within the U.S. Coordination
was also needed across sectors to assure that the National
Assessment at minimum explained how different assumptions resulted
different future scenarios.
Building Information for the National Synthesis
The sectoral assessments ultimately have published volumes in a common
format that could stand alone, but also joined the national
series. Many of the sectors produced a range of additional publications for
scientific journals, educational curriculum, etc. Like the regional
assessments, the sectors provided key information and findings to the
Synthesis Team, which bridged across regions and sectors to identify