Evaluating knowledge to support climate action: A framework for sustained assessment. report of an independent advisory committee on applied climate assessment.

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Moss, Richard H.
Avery, Susan K.
Baja, Kristin
Burkett, Maxine
Chischilly, Ann Marie
Dell, Janet
Fleming, P. A.
Geil, Kerrie L.
Jacobs, Katharine L.
Jones, Alan H.
Knowlton, Kim
Koh, Jay
Lemos, Maria Carmen
Melillo, Jerry M.
Pandya, Rajul
Richmond, Terese
Scarlett, Lynn
Snyder, Jared
Stults, Melissa
Waple, Anne
Whitehead, Jessica
Zarrilli, Daniel
Ayyub, Bilal M.
Fox, James
Ganguly, Auroop
Joppa, Lucas
Julius, Susan
Kirshen, Paul
Kreutter, Rebecca
McGovern, Amy
Meyer, Ryan
Neumann, James
Solecki, William
Smith, Joel
Tissot, Philippe
Yohe, Gary
Zimmerman, Rae
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As states, cities, tribes, and private interests cope with climate damages and seek to increase preparedness and resilience, they will need to navigate myriad choices and options available to them. Making these choices in ways that identify pathways for climate action that support their development objectives will require constructive public dialogue, community participation, and flexible and ongoing access to science- and experience-based knowledge. In 2016, a Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) was convened to recommend how to conduct a sustained National Climate Assessment (NCA) to increase the relevance and usability of assessments for informing action. The FAC was disbanded in 2017, but members and additional experts reconvened to complete the report that is presented here. A key recommendation is establishing a new nonfederal “climate assessment consortium” to increase the role of state/local/tribal government and civil society in assessments. The expanded process would 1) focus on applied problems faced by practitioners, 2) organize sustained partnerships for collaborative learning across similar projects and case studies to identify effective tested practices, and 3) assess and improve knowledge-based methods for project implementation. Specific recommendations include evaluating climate models and data using user-defined metrics; improving benefit–cost assessment and supporting decision-making under uncertainty; and accelerating application of tools and methods such as citizen science, artificial intelligence, indicators, and geospatial analysis. The recommendations are the result of broad consultation and present an ambitious agenda for federal agencies, state/local/tribal jurisdictions, universities and the research sector, professional associations, nongovernmental and community-based organizations, and private-sector firms.
Author Posting. © American Meteorological Society, 2019. This article is posted here by permission of American Meteorological Society for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Weather Climate and Society 11(3), (2019):465-487, doi: 10.1175/WCAS-D-18-0134.1.
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Moss, R. H., Avery, S., Baja, K., Burkett, M., Chischilly, A. M., Dell, J., Fleming, P. A., Geil, K., Jacobs, K., Jones, A., Knowlton, K., Koh, J., Lemos, M. C., Melillo, J., Pandya, R., Richmond, T. C., Scarlett, L., Snyder, J., Stults, M., Waple, A. M., Whitehead, J., Zarrilli, D., Ayyub, B. M., Fox, J., Ganguly, A., Joppa, L., Julius, S., Kirshen, P., Kreutter, R., McGovern, A., Meyer, R., Neumann, J., Solecki, W., Smith, J., Tissot, P., Yohe, G., & Zimmerman, R. (2019). Evaluating knowledge to support climate action: A framework for sustained assessment. report of an independent advisory committee on applied climate assessment. Weather Climate and Society, 11(3), 465-487
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