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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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Climate Resilient Smart Cities: Human-Technology Integration

December 3, 2019

Smart CityThe seminar explored smart city technologies and methodologies that are being designed and deployed to enhance urban climate resilience and benefit all members of communities. This seminar was organized jointly by the Board on Environmental Change and Society (BECS) and the Board on Human-Systems Integration (BOHSI).

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Open Session - BECS Spring Meeting
New Horizons for Environmental Change: Toward Effective Solutions

May 31, 2019 (12:00 - 2:00 pm)

BECS May 2019

As part of the Board on Environmental Change and Society’s 2019 Virtual Spring Meeting, we will have a special webinar to explore new horizons for environmental change with a focus on effective solutions. 3 BECS Board Members, Lori Hunter (University of Colorado), Robyn Wilson (Ohio State University), and Michael Vandenbergh (Vanderbilt University) will be providing overviews of some emerging trends in their fields. The session will be moderated by BECS Chair Kristie L. Ebi (University of Washington).


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Advice to the US Global Change Research Program

This standing committee, a collaborative effort by the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate and the Board on Environmental Change and Society, provides ongoing and focused advice to the US Global Change Research Program.  The committee is broadly constituted to bring expertise in all areas addressed by the USGCRP.

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Recent Publications

Proceedings of a Workshop
Advancing Sustainability of US-Mexico Transboundary Drylands

Mexico Drylands new coverThis proceedings is based on a workshop that was a bi-national collaboration between the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, with support from the George and Cynthia Mitchell Endowment for Sustainability Sciences, and the Mexican Academy of Sciences, Academy of Engineering, and National Academy of Medicine. It brought together experts from both countries who discussed the key sustainability challenges facing stakeholders in the Mexico – U.S. drylands region and binational priorities for research that could promote sustainable development.

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Understanding the Long-Term Evolution of the Coupled Natural-Human Coastal System: The Future of the U.S. Gulf Coast

Coastal SystemThis report presents a research agenda meant to enable better understanding of the multiple and interconnected factors that influence long-term processes along the Gulf Coast. The report also identifies scientific and technical gaps in understanding the interactions and feedbacks between human and natural processes, defines essential components of a research and development program in response to the identified gaps, and develops priorities for critical areas of research.

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Review of the Draft Fourth National Climate Assessment

Review of 4th Climate AssessmentThis report addresses the wide range of topics of high importance to the United States and society more broadly, and evaluates the draft fourth national climate assessment to determine if it meets the requirements of the federal mandate; whether it provides accurate information grounded in the scientific literature and effectively communicates climate science, impacts, and responses for general audiences including the public, decision makers, and other stakeholders.

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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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