Climate Change Impacts to U.S. Coasts Threaten Public Health, Safety and Economy
Coastal Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerabilities, A Technical Input to the 2013 National Climate Assessment

Monday, January 28, 2013

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

According to a new technical report, the effects of climate change will continue to threaten the health and vitality of U.S. coastal communities’ social, economic and natural systems.

The report, Coastal Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerabilities: a technical input to the 2013 National Climate Assessment, emphasizes the need for increased coordination and planning to ensure U.S. coastal communities are resilient against the effects of climate change.

Future Earth: International Coordination of Research for Global Sustainability

Monday, January 28, 2013

On Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 1:30-4:30pm the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will be holding a symposium to present Future Earth, a new 10-year international initiative on integrated global environmental change research.

Future Earth is mobilizing the global scientific community, funders, and users of research to define together and address the most pressing research questions on sustainable development and its integrated environmental, social, and economic dimensions. This includes strengthened links between science, policy, and society.

The discussion on February 16th will address international coordination of research and funding; co-designing research with funders, scientists, and users; and the role of science in bridging to policy and practice. For more information about the symposium please click here.

Employment Opportunity - GCIS Student Assistant

Monday, January 28, 2013

The USGCRP is looking to fill a Global Change Information System (GCIS) Student Assistant position, located in Washington, DC.

Basic Job Function:

Facilitates and carries out GCIS Interagency Working Group (GCIS IWG) coordination, meeting support and white paper development. The position provides an excellent opportunity for exposure to the organizational structure within the Federal government that supports global change research and applications, as well as exposure to data management and other IT experts across the Federal government.

Duties Include:

  • Works with Interagency Working Group (IWGG) co-chairs to plan and implement IWG and associated workstream meetings or telecons.
  • Attends meetings for the GCIS IWG and related workstreams, assisting with meeting logistics, including developing meeting agendas, preparing pre-meeting materials, recording meeting decisions and actions, summarizing meeting discussions and following up with IWG teams to ensure action items are delivered.
  • Coordinates the development of work group reports, including interacting with report contributors, integrating and editing input, managing interagency or intra-office review processes and delivering final drafts.

Required Education and Experience:

  • College level coursework in relevant discipline such as environmental or earth sciences, political science, science communications, or other relevant fields
  • Must be enrolled in a college, university or professional school

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 Friday, February 1, 2013. Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.

Apply here. Applications due by Friday, February 1, 2013

Federal Register Notice: NCADAC: Notice of Availability For Public Comment

Federal Register Notice: NCADAC: Notice of Availability For Public Comment

Friday, January 25, 2013

NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) publishes this notice on behalf of the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC) to announce the availability of a Draft Climate Assessment Report for public comment. This report, following revision and further review, will be submitted to the Federal Government for consideration in the Third National Climate Assessment. (PDF | HTML). Read more about the notice on the USGCRP website here.

Global Warming May Have Severe Consequences for Rare Haleakala Silverswords

Tuesday, January, 15, 2013

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

While the iconic Haleakalā silversword plant made a strong recovery from early 20th-century threats, it has now entered a period of substantial climate-related decline. New research published this week warns that global warming may have severe consequences for the silversword in its native habitat.

The Haleakalā silversword (Argyroxyphium sandwicense macrocephalum) grows only on a single volcano summit in Hawaiʻi, yet it is viewed by 1–2 million visitors annually at Haleakalā National Park. Although the decline and extinction of other rare species with small ranges (and the accompanying loss of biodiversity) can easily go unobserved and unappreciated, the silversword’s high profile makes it a good example with which to educate the public about global climate change. Read more.

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