Social Science for Climate Change
Susan Moser

Evaluation of the First US National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change

earthpubThe Global Change Research Act of 1990 requires that the US periodically conduct national assessments of the potential impacts of climate change on various sectors of the country. I participated in the First US National Assessment between 1997 and 2000 in various capacities — as observer of the process, contributor to the Pacific Regional Assessment, participant in various national workshops, and as a reviewer of several assessment documents. Building on this participatory foundation, I also conducted a formal evaluation of the extent, quality, and impact of stakeholder participation in the process. The research was solicited by the National Research Council and ultimately contributed to the NRC project on Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making.

The US is currently preparing another national assessment of climate change impacts, vulnerabilities and adaptation options, to be completed by 2013. I serve on the Federal Advisory Committe of that effort. For more on the National Climate Assessment, click here.

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