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Board on Environmental Change and Society
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Open Session
Board on Environmental Change and Society

July 11-12, 2017

NAS Building, Room 125
2101 Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, DC

NAS BuildingThe Board on Environmental Change and Society will hold its biannual board meeting on Tuesday, July 11 and Wednesday, July 12.  These two open sessions will explore non-federal opportunities to address climate change and ideas from philanthropic organizations.

July 11, 2017
12:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

July 12, 2017
10:20 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

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Call for Nominations

We are seeking nominations for individuals to serve on the Board on Environmental Change and Society. The Board provides a forum to examine and advance the social and natural sciences at the intersection of human activity and global environmental change.  Please submit nominations by March 7.

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Recent Events NS

Dissemination Event
Updating the Social Cost of Carbon and Valuing Climate Impacts: A Public Symposium

June 14, 2017

NAS Building, Lecture Room
2101 Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, DC

NAS BuildingThe Board on Environmental Change and Society will host a one-day public symposium on updating the social cost of carbon and valuing climate impacts, based on the recent report Valuing Climate Damages: Updating Estimation of the Social Cost of Carbon Dioxide.

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Seminar and Fall Board Meeting

December 8-9, 2016

Keck CenterThe board kicked off its fall meeting on December 8 with a special seminar on Climate Change Adaptation Investments and Measuring Effectiveness.  The seminar's goal was to identify current approaches for whether adaptation programs and projects are increasing in resilience and what is needed from the scientific community to improve practice. 

A number of other topics were addressed on the afternoon on December 8 and the morning of December 9: social sciences and humanities research on achieving transformational change, risk framing for the National Climate Assessment, USGCRP Social Sciences Task Force.

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Videos of the August 23 open session are now available

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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.

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Recent Publications
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. 

Get the report  |  Information about the workshop

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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