Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Fifth National Climate Assessment - Read the Report

Food, culture, and climate white paper


Drying salmon in Lake Clark, Alaska. Climate change is affecting many aspects of the food system, including access to culturally significant foods like salmon. Credit: NPS.

USGCRP’s Social Sciences Coordinating Committee (SSCC) fosters integration of the methods, findings, and disciplinary perspectives of the social, behavioral, and economic sciences and interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches into USGCRP activities in support of the Program’s goals.

In Fall 2021, the SSCC hosted a three-part public webinar series on food, culture, and climate, with the goal of highlighting the ways in which social science research considers climate change in a socio-cultural context. The series, with sessions on terrestrial and marine food systems as well as applications, drew roughly 400 attendees over the three sessions. A new white paper summarizes the main ideas of the series.