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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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Meeting # 5
Committee on Assessing Approaches to Updating the Social Cost of Carbon

SCC Mtg5May 5, 2016
The archived webcast and presentations from the meeting are now available.

Of Interest NS

BECS Seminar: Moving on from Paris:
Implementation Lessons from Social Science

Videos of the April 28 Seminar Now Available

BECS 2016 Seminar_Richard Moss

View the archived webcast

Methods for Characterizing Risk in Climate Change Assessments
Videos of the March 23-24 Workshop Now Available

Richard Moss Characterizing Risk

View the archived webcast

Related Activity

Unconventional Hydrocarbon Roundtable

This new activity by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is working on issues related to BECS reports and activities. The roundtable will provide a neutral forum where representatives from government, industry, academia, and non-governmental and international organization can meet and discuss potential advances and disadvantages of using unconvential hydrocarbon resources.

More information about the roundtable




Recent Reports NS

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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Assessment of Approaches to Updating the Social Cost of Carbon: Phase 1 Report on a Near-Term Update

SCC Interim BLThis report from the Board on Environmental Change and Society advises that there would not be sufficient benefit to updating estimates of the social cost of carbon (SCC) within a year based only on the revision of a specific parameter in the existing framework used by the government’s interagency group to measure the SCC. The committee considered whether a near-term change is warranted on the basis of updating the probability distribution for equilibrium climate sensitivity (ECS). Because ECS is only one input to the framework used to estimate the SCC, updating the ECS alone may not significantly improve the estimates. The report also recommends ways to change the IWG's technical support documents to enhance the qualitative characterization of uncertainties associated with the SCC estimates, which would increase the transparency of the estimates when used in regulatory impact analyses.

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Enhancing Participation in the U.S. Global Change Research Program

Enhancing Participation Global Change ResearchLThis report provides a rationale for evaluating the US Global Change Research Program membership and capabilities and identifying potential new agencies and departments in the hopes that these changes will enable the program to more effectively inform the public and prepare for the future. It also offers actionable recommendations for adjustments to the methods and procedures that will allow the program to better meet its stated goals.

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