Call for U.S. Nominations of U.S. Experts of an IPCC Special Report

The nomination period is now closed.

Call for Nominations of U.S. experts to serve as Authors and/or Review Editors of the IPCC Special Report “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation” 
16 June 2009

At the IPCC’s most recent plenary meeting on 21-23 April, governments approved the production of a “Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation."   
Under IPCC procedures, member governments have an opportunity to provide nominations for authors to be involved in the production of each chapter in the report.

The subject report will require the contributions of experts who can integrate the findings of the climate change science; vulnerability, impacts, and adaptation to extreme events; and disaster risk management communities. Nominees should have extensive expertise pertinent to the subject matter covered, and will generally be recognized in their field of expertise.

Further information on this request please visit:

David Allen, U.S. Global Change Research Program, Suite 250, 1717
Pennsylvania Ave, NW., Washington,
DC 20006. (Phone: 202–419–3486, Fax: 202–223–3065, Email:; or visit the USGCRP 
Web site at

Report on Sea-Level Rise
Wednesday, 03 June 2009 12:21

altFinal Report of Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.1 "Coastal Sensitivity to Sea-Level Rise: A Focus on the Mid-Atlantic Region" is posted online (posted 16 Jan 2009). See also press release from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), EPA web-page, and Regional Information.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), collaborated on this report that discusses the impacts of sea-level rise on the physical characteristics of the coast, on coastal communities, and the habitats that depend on them. The report, Coastal Sensitivity to Sea-level Rise: A Focus on the Mid-Atlantic Region examines multiple opportunities for governments and coastal communities to plan for and adapt to rising sea levels.

Lead Authors: James G. Titus, Eric K. Anderson, Donald R. Cahoon, Stephen Gill, Robert E.Thieler, Jeffress S.Williams

Report on Thresholds of Change in Ecosystems
Wednesday, 03 June 2009 12:20

altFinal Report of Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.2 "Thresholds of Climate Change in Ecosystems" is posted (posted 16 Jan 2009) . See also press release from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The report provides an overview of what is known about ecological thresholds and where they are likely to occur. It also identifies those areas where research is most needed to improve knowledge and understand the uncertainties regarding them.

Lead Authors: Fagre D.B., Charles C.W., Allen C.D., Birkeland C., Chapin F.S. III, Groffman P.M., Guntenspergen G.R., Knapp A.K., McGuire A.D., Mulholland P.J., Peters D.P.C., Roby D.D., and Sugihara G.

Report on Impacts of Aerosols on Climate
Wednesday, 03 June 2009 12:19

altFinal Report of Synthesis and Assessment Product 2.3 "Aerosol properties and their impacts on climate" is posted online (posted 16 Jan 2009) . See also press release from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
The report provides a review of the current knowledge about global distributions and properties of atmospheric aerosols,  as they relate to aerosol impacts on climate. It assesses possible next steps aimed at substantially reducing uncertainties in aerosol radiative forcing estimates.

Lead Authors:
Mian Chin, Ralph A. Kahn, Lorraine A. Remer, Hongbin Yu, David Rind, Graham Feingold, Patricia K. Quinn, Stephen E. Schwartz, David G. Streets, Philip DeCola, Rangasayi Halthore


NSF: Sea-floor Sediments Illuminate 53 Million Years of Climate History
News (dtd 1 May 2009) from the National Science Foundation.


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