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After Sandy, Rebuilding Smarter with Science and Technology
After Sandy, Rebuilding Smarter with Research and Technology

Monday, October 28, 2013

Recognizing that large storms are expected to grow more frequent and more severe as a result of climate change, the Federal Government has partnered with states, cities, communities, and other stakeholders to make the Sandy-affected region -- and all of America -- more resilient. This goal is a guiding principle of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.

Over the past year, the Obama Administration has worked diligently to apply the latest developments in science and technology (S&T) to Sandy-rebuilding efforts -- and to do so in ways that are scalable and relevant to resilience-building activities in other regions. S&T-driven efforts undertaken over the past year include:

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Employment Opportunity - Student Assistant, National Climate Assessment

The USGCRP is looking to hire a Student Assistant for the National Climate Assessment at the National Coordination Office in Washington, DC.

This internship position can provide up to 20 hours/week during school and up to 40 hours/week during breaks, not to exceed 1000 hours in one 12-month period. Schedule can be flexible as per agreed upon by Supervisor and based on programmatic need.

Basic Job Function:

This position facilitates and carries out administrative and technical tasks for the National Climate Assessment (NCA) at the USGCRP National Coordination Office in Washington, DC.

Duties include:

  • Assists senior staff with scientific literature reviews
  • Performs detailed review tasks, compiles and evaluates technical information, and assists senior staff with development of scientific reports and documents
  • Takes meeting notes, summarizes key messages and themes from technical and detailed policy discussions, and writes workshop reports and other summary documents
  • Assists senior staff with creation of materials for NCA communications and other interactions with individuals in government agencies, universities, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector
  • Assists with updates to NCA websites, including creating new content or coordinating the collection of content from various staff members, and working closely with web-developers to ensure updates are completed in a timely manner

Required Education and Experience:

  • Preferred candidates will have college level coursework in a relevant discipline, such as environmental or earth sciences, engineering, political science, social science, or communications
  • Must be enrolled in a college, university or professional school

All candidates MUST apply online through the UCAR employment system in order to be considered for this position. Additional details on the position and instructions for applying can be found here.

Apply here. Applications due by Friday, October 4, 2013.

 
Temperature and Violent Crime: Implications of Climate Change?
Temperature and Violent Crime: Implications of Climate Change?

Friday, September 20, 2013

Featured by EPA, a member of the U.S. Global Change Research Program

Is there a link between climate change and violent crimes? Scientists at EPA and the Emory University School of Medicine are investigating whether hotter temperatures affect violent crimes, such as assault, robbery, rape, and murder.

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NASA Supercomputer Generates Closer Look at Future Climate Conditions in U.S.
NASA Supercomputer Generates Closer Look at Future Climate Conditions in U.S.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Featured by NASA, a member of the U.S. Global Change Research Program

Global models of the climate system are now the foundation for many important climate studies, but they typically show climate changes at very large geographic scales on the order of 100 to 250 kilometers. Using previously published large-scale climate model projections, a team of scientists from NASA has recently released monthly climate projections for the United States at a scale of one half mile (800 meters), or approximately the size of a neighborhood.

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New Report Summarizes Climate Change Impacts on U.S. Oceans, Marine Resources
New Report Summarizes Climate Change Impacts on U.S. Oceans, Marine Resources

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Featured by NOAA, a member of the U.S. Global Change Research Program

According to a new technical report prepared for the 2013 National Climate Assessment, the nation’s valuable ocean ecosystems and marine resources are already being affected by a changing climate. These impacts are expected to increase in the coming years, putting marine resources - and the people and economies that depend on them - at high risk in a changing world.

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