The National Climate Assessment Physical Climate Indicators Workshop Report is now available in its final published format here.
The National Climate Assessment (NCA) convened a workshop on
â€œPhysical Climate Indicatorsâ€ from 29 to 30 March, 2011 as part of a series on â€œMonitoring
Climate Change and its Impactsâ€. The overarching goal of this workshop was to
identify a few broad categories of potential physical climate indicators using
a set of priorities developed by the NCA, and to provide a clear justification
for how they would inform the Nation about climate change. Additional goals
included providing input on the overall NCA framework for selecting the
indicators and suggesting methodologies to construct indicators. Although one
of the workshop goals was to address the status of current observational networks
to support indicators, this was not a main focus of any single discussion. The
nearly 60 participants, primarily from federal agencies, received a white paper
in advance of the workshop that detailed the NCA vision for a coordinated suite
of climate-related physical, ecological, and societal indicators. The intent of
these â€œnational indicators of changeâ€ is to develop a way to evaluate and
communicate over time both the rate of change in impacts and the capacity to respond
to climate drivers. These indicators will be tracked as a part of ongoing,
long-term assessment activities, with adjustments as necessary to adapt to changing
conditions and understanding. An initial framework was provided to workshop
participants to ensure that everyone understood the proposed audience, scope,
and purpose of the indicators. A common lexicon was defined since indicator terminology
varies widely. In addition, several potential approaches to grouping the
indicators were presented.
The NCA Report Series
summarizes regional, sectoral, and process-related workshops and discussions
being held as part of the third NCA process. This workshop focused on monitoring
changes in the physical climate system, as part of a series that includes
workshops on the impacts of climate change on ecosystems and socioeconomic systems.
The workshop was held in Washington, D.C. on March 29-30, 2011. Volume 5b of
the NCA Report Series summarizes the discussions and outcomes of this workshop.
A list of planned and completed reports in the NCA Report Series can be found online
Dr. Ann M. Bartuska has been named as the new Vice Chair for Adaptation
Science at USGCRP. Dr. Bartuska is
currently that Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics at
USDA, and has previously served as the Acting Under Secretary for Natural
Resources and Environment, USDA as well as the Deputy Chief for Research and
Development, U.S. Forest Service. She
came to government from The Nature Conservancy, where she was Executive
Director of the Invasive Species Initiative from 2001-2003.
Dr. Bartuska is
an ecosystem ecologist with degrees from Wilkes College (B.S.), Ohio University
(M.S.) and West Virginia University (Ph.D.). Her past research has focused on ecosystem processes in
landscapes disturbed by coal mining. She was elected President of the
Ecological Society of America (2003); has served on the Board of the Council of
Science Society Presidents and on the Nicholas School for the Environment, Duke
University, Board of Visitors. Dr. Bartuska is also a member of the
AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) and the Society of
American Foresters. She has
recently been appointed to the LTER (Long-Term Ecological Research) Advisory
Board and as Co-chair of the National Academy of Scienceâ€™s Sustainability
May 18th, 2011 - The NCADAC meetings page has been updated with a link to the agenda and documents for the May 20th meeting of the NCADAC. The agenda site will be updated with additional documents as they become available.
The meeting is scheduled for 1-5 p.m. Eastern Time. Public access will be available at the office of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, Conference Room A, Suite 250, 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20006.
For further information, please contact Dr. Cynthia Decker, Designated Federal Official, National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Board, NOAA, Rm. 11230, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-734-1156, Fax: 301-713-1459, E-mail: Cynthia.firstname.lastname@example.org). Individuals planning to attend are requested to RSVP to Dr. Decker because space is limited at the venue.