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NATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL
COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Regional Climate Change Workshops
Introduction: In order to improve understanding of
the national-scale consequences of global climate change, the Office of
Science and Technology Policy and the US Global Change Research Program
(USGCRP) are sponsoring a series of regional workshops. The purpose of
these workshops is to examine the vulnerabilities of various regions of
the United States to climate variability and climate change and to aggregate
information across regions to support national-scale scientific assessment
(called for in the Global Change Research Act).
Participants: These workshops will 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.
Regional organizers will issue workshop invitations.
Outputs: The workshops, while reflecting special
regional needs, will have some common outputs:
Description of the region's environmental, demographic, and economic
Identification of vulnerabilities to climate variability and climate
Identification of adaptation and resource management options.
Definition of research needs for improving estimates of regional
vulnerabilities, understanding the consequences of climate variability
and change, and analyzing viable response options.
Input for regional scientific assessment.
Locations: An initial set of 8 regional workshops was held in 1997. Additional
workshops in 1998 will include Rocky Mountains/Great Basin, Gulf Coast,
Southwest Border, Hawaii and Pacific Islands, California, Metropolitan
East Coast, Great Lakes, Appalachians, Caribbean and Southern Atlantic
Coast, Eastern Midwest, Southern Great Plains, and Native Peoples/Native
The workshops are part of a larger process:
An Aspen Global Change Institute meeting of technical experts, July
29-August 7, 1997, synthesized initial regional workshop results and began
the planning for a national scientific assessment.
A National Forum on Climate Change Impacts, held in Washington, DC
November 12-13, 1997, related regional and national-scale impacts and continued
the planning for a national assessment.
The national scientific assessment, to be completed during 1999, will become
a contribution from the US to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC) Third Assessment Report.
USGCRP Background: The USGCRP was established by
the President in 1989, and codified by Congress in the Global Change Research
Act of 1990. The program=s
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