Pacific Islands Region

National Climate Assessment MeetingThe National Climate Assessment is produced every four years, under the mandate of the United States Global Change Research Act of 1990. The Assessment serves a key role in informing the nation about the current status of climate, observed changes, and anticipated trends for the future in important sectors. It is used by the U.S. Government, citizens, communities, educators, and businesses as they create future plans that integrate scientific information. It is a crucial time to represent both the importance and relevance of climate science and Pacific Islands at the national level.  A team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel of the National Academy of Sciences.National Climate Assessment Meeting

NOAA staff members served as lead authors and contributors on each of the Pacific Islands sections of the Fourth National Climate Assessment.  The lead authors assembled expert teams in the fields of climate change policy and science, and developed consensus-based key messages and text.  Lead authors held meetings with team members, led workshops, and led panel discussions and evening events to gather input from the public.

As an integral part of the team, NOAA staff members helped to edit, frame and integrate climate science and policy information across all the key sectors of the Pacific Islands regional chapter, helped coordinate and facilitate selecting key messages with all lead authors, and assisted in writing the Pacific Islands regional components.

POC: Seema Balwani, Seema.Balwani@noaa.gov

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