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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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Advancing Social and Behavioral Science Research and Application within the Weather Enterprise

NAS BuildingDecember 1 - 2, 2016

2100 C Street, NW
Washington, DC

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Meeting # 6
Committee on Assessing Approaches to Updating the Social Cost of Carbon

Keck CenterAugust 23, 2016
Keck Center, Room 201
500 5th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

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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.

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

Videos of the April 28 Seminar Now Available

BECS 2016 Seminar_Richard Moss

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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

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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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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