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Board on Environmental Change and Society
Board on Environmental Change and Society
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
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Recent Events

Public Briefing (online)
Integrating Social and Behavioral Sciences within the Weather Enterprise

Monday, November 6, 2017
1:00 - 2:30 pm ET

Weather Enterprise coverThe study co-chairs, Dr. William Hooke and Dr. Ann Bostrom, will provide an overview of the study followed by a short Q&A session.




Recent Publications

A Decision Framework for Managing the Spirit Lake and Toutle River System at Mount St. Helens

Toutle RiverThis report offers a framework to guide federal, tribal, state and local agencies, community groups, and other interested and affected parties in making decisions about the Spirit Lake and Toutle River system, near Mount St. Helens in southwest Washington state. The process should include broader participation by groups and parties whose safety, livelihoods, and quality of life are affected by decisions about the lake and river system.

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Integrating Social and Behavioral Sciences Within the Weather Enterprise

Weather Enterprise coverThis report explores and provides guidance on the challenges of integrating social and behavioral sciences (SBS) within the weather enterprise. It assesses current SBS activities, describes the potential value of improved integration of SBS and barriers that imped the integration, develops a research agenda, and identifies infrastructural and institutional arrangements for successfully pursuing SBS weather research and the transfer of relevant findings to operational settings.

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Valuing Climate Changes: Updating Estimation of the Social Cost of Carbon Dioxide

SCC coverThis report from the Board on Environmental Change and Society recommends both short-term and longer-term updates to the methodology to strengthen the scientific basis, provide greater transparency, and improve characterization of the uncertainties in the estimates.

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Proceeding of a Workshop
Characterizing Risk in Climate Change Assessments

Characterizing Risk CoverThese proceedings from the Board on Environmental Change and Society and the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate summarize a workshop held in March 2016 that explored ways to more clearly characterize the risks associated with climate change—both societal and biophysical—that are being observed and projected, and described in the National Climate Assessments that the U.S. Global Change Research Program conducts every four years. 

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Review of the U.S. Global Change Research Program's Update to the Strategic Plan Document

Review Global Change Research ProgramLThe Update to the Strategic Plan (USP) is a supplement to the Ten-Year Strategic Plan of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) completed in 2012. The Strategic Plan sets out a research program guiding thirteen federal agencies in accord with the Global Change Research Act of 1990. This report reviews whether USGCRP’s efforts to achieve its goals and objectives, as documented in the USP, are adequate and responsive to the Nation’s needs, whether the priorities for continued or increased emphasis are appropriate, and if the written document communicates effectively, all within a context of the history and trajectory of the Program.

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