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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Environmental Change and Society
Board on Environmental Change and Society
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
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Advice to the US Global Change Research Program

This standing committee, a collaborative effort by the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate and the Board on Environmental Change and Society, provides ongoing and focused advice to the US Global Change Research Program.  The committee is broadly constituted to bring expertise in all areas addressed by the USGCRP.

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Advancing Sustainability of US – Mexico Transboundary Drylands: A Binational Workshop

US Mexico FlyerMay 2-4, 2018

Instituto Potosino de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica
San Luis Potosí, México

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BECS Seminar
Communities in Harm's Way: Addressing Environmental Change and Extreme Weather Events

Extreme WeatherMarch 1, 2018
(1:00 - 4:00 pm EST)
Keck Center, Room 100
500 5th Street, NW
Washington, DC

The seminar will explore policy and community response mechanisms to address threats to the built environment and local communities as a result of extreme weather events.

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Recent Publications

Understanding the Long-Term Evolution of the Coupled Natural-Human Coastal System: The Future of the U.S. Gulf Coast

Coastal SystemThis report presents a research agenda meant to enable better understanding of the multiple and interconnected factors that influence long-term processes along the Gulf Coast. The report also identifies scientific and technical gaps in understanding the interactions and feedbacks between human and natural processes, defines essential components of a research and development program in response to the identified gaps, and develops priorities for critical areas of research.

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Review of the Draft Fourth National Climate Assessment

Review of 4th Climate AssessmentThis report addresses the wide range of topics of high importance to the United States and society more broadly, and evaluates the draft fourth national climate assessment to determine if it meets the requirements of the federal mandate; whether it provides accurate information grounded in the scientific literature and effectively communicates climate science, impacts, and responses for general audiences including the public, decision makers, and other stakeholders.

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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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