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Join the National Climate Assessment for a discussion at the National Adaptation Forum!
National Adaptation Forum

Thursday, March 28, 2013

On April 2, the National Climate Assessment will be hosting a discussion session for attendees of the National Adaptation Forum in Denver, CO. The session will focus on using the National Climate Assessment in planning and management for adaptation. We invite all NAF attendees to join us for the session!


Climate Assessment for Adaptation: Using the National Climate Assessment in Planning and Management

Date: Tuesday, April 2
Time: 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Location: Denver Marriott City Center, Ballroom F

Panelists:

  • Susi Moser, Susanne Moser Research & Consulting
  • Jim Buizer, University of Arizona
  • Paul Fleming, Seattle Public Utilities
  • Gregg Garfin, University of Arizona
  • Amy Luers, Skoll Global Threats Fund

Moderated by Kathy Jacobs, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy and Director, National Climate Assessment

  • Presentations by the director and authors of the draft Third National Climate Assessment (NCA)
  • Focus: ideas for supporting adaptation through sustained assessment processes
  • 5:00 – 5:40: an overview on the NCA process and draft conclusions
  • 5:40 – 6:30: discussion of options under consideration for the sustained assessment process, and an opportunity for input from the adaptation community
National Adaptation Forum

Background: An NCA report is required to be produced by the government at least every four years. The draft released on January 14 is the most comprehensive assessment of climate impacts and vulnerabilities in regions and sectors ever completed within the U.S. It includes assessments of the state of adaptation, mitigation and decision support, and suggests a vision for a sustained assessment process. The production of the report involved a major engagement effort—with explicit consideration of adaptation—by 30 author teams and a 60 member advisory committee.

The draft report is open for public comment until April 12 at http://www.ncadac.globalchange.gov.

 
National Strategy Will Help Safeguard Fish, Wildlife and Plants in a Changing Climate
Landsat Data Continuity Mission

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Featured by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of the Department of the Interior

In cooperation with state, tribal, and federal agency partners, the Obama Administration today released the first nationwide strategy to help public and private decision makers prepare for and reduce the current and future impacts of climate change on species, habitats, ecosystems, and the people and economies that depend on them.

The National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Adaptation Strategy provides a roadmap of key steps needed over the next five years to reduce the current and expected impacts of climate change on our natural resources.

Read more...
 
Employment Opportunity - NCA Coordinator/Program Specialist

The USGCRP is looking to fill an NCA Coordinator/Program Specialist position, located in Washington, DC.

Basic Job Function:

The incumbent will lead administrative and technical tasks for the National Climate Assessment (NCA) at the USGCRP National Coordination Office (NCO). More specifically, the incumbent will provide senior level program support to the NCA and provide experienced professional-level support to the sustained assessment planning process.

Duties Include:

  • Developing and reviewing components of technical documents
  • Leading teams to complete technical and planning tasks
  • Developing communication materials and through other interactions with individuals in government agencies, universities, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector
  • Special projects as assigned

Required Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in related field (e.g., climate, earth, or environmental science, engineering, etc.)
  • At least three years experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience

All Applications MUST be submitted via the UCAR career portal in order to be eligible for consideration. Initial consideration will be given to applications received prior to 5:00 p.m. (MDT) on Thursday, March 28, 2013. Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.

Apply here. Applications due by Thursday, March 28, 2013.

 
NOAA Predicts Mixed Bag of Drought, Flooding and Warm Weather for Spring
NOAA 2013 Spring Outlook Map

Thursday, March 21, 2013

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

NOAA issued the three-month U.S. Spring Outlook today, stating that odds favor above-average temperatures across much of the continental United States, including drought-stricken areas of Texas, the Southwest and the Great Plains.

"We produce this outlook to help communities prepare for what's likely to come in the next few months and minimize weather's impacts on lives and livelihoods. A Weather-Ready Nation hopes for the best, but prepares for the worst," said Laura Furgione, deputy director of NOAA's National Weather Service.

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Employment Opportunity - National Climate Assessment Internship

The USGCRP is looking to fill a National Climate Assessment Internship position, located in Washington, DC.

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. This position provides an excellent opportunity for exposure to the organizational structure within the Federal government that supports global change research and application, and to interact with a wide variety of experts and stakeholders in the field.

Duties Include:

  • Conducts scientific literature reviews under guidance from senior staff
  • Takes meeting notes, summarizes key messages and themes from technical and detailed policy discussions, and writes workshop reports and other summary documents
  • Prepares meeting materials and provides logistical and administrative support for meetings, working closely with senior staff and working group coordinators. When possible, attends meetings and events to provide real-time support
  • Drafts or edits materials for NCA communications and other interactions with individuals in government agencies, universities, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector, for review and approval by senior staff
  • Drafts and edits new website content or coordinates the collection of content from various staff members, and working closely with web-developers, ensures updates are completed in a timely manner

Required Education and Experience:

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

All Applications MUST be submitted via the UCAR career portal in order to be eligible for consideration. Initial consideration will be given to applications received prior to 5:00 p.m. MST on Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.

Apply here. Applications due by Wednesday, March 27, 2013
 
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