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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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Upcoming Events NS

Biannual Meeting and BECS Seminar

Board on Environmental Change and Society

Keck CenterMarch 1-2, 2018
National Academies' Keck Center
500 5th Street, NW
Washington, DC

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

A Decision Framework for Managing the Spirit Lake and Toutle River System at Mount St. Helens

Toutle RiverThis report offers a framework to guide federal, tribal, state and local agencies, community groups, and other interested and affected parties in making decisions about the Spirit Lake and Toutle River system, near Mount St. Helens in southwest Washington state. The process should include broader participation by groups and parties whose safety, livelihoods, and quality of life are affected by decisions about the lake and river system.

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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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