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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
Methods for Characterizing Risk in Climate Change Assessments: A Workshop
March 23-24, 2016

Agenda with Presentations  |  Background Paper  |  Presenter Biosketches and Registered Attendees

The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), in response to its legislative mandate, conducts periodic National Climate Assessments (NCA) to inform the nation about observed changes in climate, the current status of the climate, and anticipated trends for the future. The USGCRP has conducted three such assessments and intends to develop a sustained assessment process.

This workshop was designed to address a key issue for NCAs: providing information about climate-related hazards, risks, and opportunities in formats that are understandable, credible, and useful to decision makers in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to reduce vulnerability and increase resilience to climate change in the regions or sectors for which they are responsible.

Read two recent articles commenting on the discussions at the workshop

Scientists' struggle: talking climate 'in plain English' — Climate Wire (March 28, 2016)
Climate: Top Scientists find it hard to make public see risks — Greenwire (March 25, 2016)

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