The 5th National Climate Assessment Chapters Engagement Meetings are now scheduled and open to the public! Public engagement sessions will take place between January and February 2022. All ASAP members are encouraged to attend at least one NCA Chapter Meeting to provide their input and expertise on this important national resource. Space is limited at the meetings to 200 participants, so be sure to register early and arrive in advance.
A complete schedule of the upcoming Chapter Meetings is available on the NCA5 Website: https://www.globalchange.gov/content/nca5-engagement-workshops
ASAP President, Emily Wasley is serving as the Chapter Lead for Adaptation, which will hold its public engagement meeting on Monday, February 7, 2022 | 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM EST.
About the report: The National Climate Assessment is a Congressionally mandated quadrennial report led by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. The report evaluates the effects of climate change on regions and sectors of the United States and reports on trends in climate change for the next 25 to 100 years. The Fifth National Climate Assessment will highlight advances in scientific understanding of human-induced and natural processes of climate change and the resulting implications for the United States. Major themes will be presented through the lens of vulnerability, impacts, risks, and adaptation. The report is expected to be released in late 2023.
The purpose of the public engagement workshops is to:
- Provide an overview of USGCRP and the National Climate Assessment development process, including other opportunities for public engagement
- Allow members of the public and assessment authors an opportunity to discuss proposed key topics, identify priority issues relevant to the chapter, and share resources
- Give NCA chapter authors an understanding of how workshop participants use assessments, and what could be done to make the NCA more useful for decision-making
Each workshop will include a plenary session that provides an overview of the assessment and an introduction to the chapter. In breakout sessions, participants will have the opportunity to discuss the chapter’s key topics and their own priorities with chapter authors. For more information on the Fifth National Climate Assessment and for a complete schedule of engagement workshops, please visit the USGCRP website at https://www.globalchange.gov/nca5.