Regional Climate Change Workshops Overview
Sponsored by the
Office of Science and Technology Policy and
the United States Global Change Research Program agencies
improve understanding of the consequences of global
change for the nation, the Office of Science and
Technology Policy and the U.S. Global Change Research
Program (USGCRP) are sponsoring a series of regional
workshops throughout the country. The purpose of these
workshops is to start the process of examining the
vulnerabilities of regions of the United States to
climate variability and climate change and to begin to
aggregate information across regions to support
national-scale assessment (called for in the Global
Change Research Act).
Participants: Workshop participants include the broad research and stakeholder community, drawn from federal, state, and local governments; universities and laboratories; industry, agricultural and natural resource managers; non-governmental organizations; and others.
Outputs: The workshops, while reflecting special regional needs, are being conducted to generate some common outputs:
Locations: Eight workshops were held in 1997 and ten additional workshops are planned for 1998 (see table and maps).
The workshops are part of a larger process:
USGCRP Background: The USGCRP was established by the President in 1989, and codified by Congress in the Global Change Research Act of 1990. The programs fundamental purpose is to increase understanding of the Earth system and thus provide a sound scientific basis for national and international decision making on global change issues. The USGCRP is currently focused on four key areas of Earth system science: Seasonal to Interannual Climate Variability; Climate Change over Decades to Centuries; Changes in Ozone, UV Radiation, and Atmospheric Chemistry; and Changes in Land Cover and Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems. Over the next two years, the USGCRP will increasingly focus on the assessment of regional vulnerabilities to climate variability, climate change, and other aspects of global environmental change.
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